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Ford placed Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region into modified Stage 2 restrictions on Oct. 10, for a period that was described as “at least 28 days”. The move, which later included York Region, saw indoor dining, fitness centres and several other facilities temporarily shut down again.
GoodLife’s letter comes as over 200 fitness centres in Quebec are threatening to defy their province’s restrictions and re-open by Thursday unless Premier Francois Legault can offer conclusive proof that gyms are causing the spread of COVID-19.
The letter is actually part of a broader outreach initiative led by the Fitness Industry Council of Canada, according to GoodLife, and it’s expected similar businesses will be joining the campaign and sending the letter to their clients.
“We are keen to advance the discussions with the Ontario government and Public Health and to help co-create any enhanced guidelines for gyms across Ontario,” said Jason Sheridan, GoodLife’s Senior Vice President of Operations, in a statement to the Sun. “We are very open to navigating this situation together and working to develop solutions that would allow us to continue to invest in the health and wellness of Ontarians.”