Health Unit Imposes New Restrictions
London’s health unit has amped up the restrictions and safety guidelines to be followed by indoor gyms, restaurants, bars, and spas on Wednesday.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has placed a cap of 10 people, staff included, on indoor recreation spaces. Further, the city has banned any spa services that require the removal of face-masks.
According to a press release from the MLHU, the decision was made “following the assessment of local data and the patterns of transmission”. The decision comes after the city recorded it’s second COVID-19 related death in less than a week.
Though these measures were only precautionary, a recent outbreak of 80 cases at a Hamilton SpinCo fitness studio has set an example for London. The outbreak happened despite the gym following all public health guidelines.
Restaurants and bars must record all customers contact information and maintain said records for at least a month. Tables are to seat no more than 6 patrons and must be set apart at least 6 feet or have plexiglass, regardless of whether the dining area is indoor or on a patio.
Fines ranging from $5000 to $25,000 a day can be levied on businesses caught flouting these rules.
These new measures will come into effect on Saturday and will remain indefinitely while the MLHU actively monitors cases in the city.
The London-area reported nine new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Seven of the new cases are among people younger than 40.