Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health is proactively following up with indoor recreational fitness facilities to support ongoing education and training with regards to maintaining provincial safe operation requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To date, there have been no local outbreaks at recreational fitness facilities in Lambton County.
Owners and operators of recreational fitness facilities have been contacted to remind them of the responsibility they hold in reducing COVID-19 transmission while providing services that benefit our community during the pandemic. Recently there has been increased attention on certain types of settings, including indoor recreational facilities, as places that may be higher risk for the transmission of COVID-19.
At this time, there are no additional local requirements beyond the provincial regulations for recreational fitness facilities, but we will continue to monitor the local situation.
If you own or operate an indoor recreational fitness facility and did not receive a previous communication on this matter, please contact Lambton Public Health for additional details. A virtual meeting invite will be provided to operators on our contact list.
Community members also have an important role in reducing COVID-19 transmission when accessing these facilities. Continue to support the safety measures:
- Active screening – before, during and after your session to make sure you have no symptoms. Stay home if you are sick.
- Physical distancing – at least 2 metres from others in the facility including access points to fitness gear or stations.
- Wear a face covering – in the facility except when exercising.
- Practice good hand hygiene – use of hand sanitizer, and disinfecting items frequently touched or shared with others.
Recreational fitness facilities offer many benefits to physical and mental health and well-being, as well as provide valuable social connections during the pandemic. In order to continue reaping these benefits, it remains critical to follow public health safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Attached: Letter to owners-operators of recreational fitness facilities