Oakville suspending indoor fitness classes and team sports until further notice

Published October 16, 2020 at 11:02 pm

In response to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Halton, Oakville will be putting indoor fitness classes and sports/team gameplay on hold beginning Saturday, October 17.

In response to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Halton, Oakville will be putting indoor fitness classes and sports/team gameplay on hold beginning Saturday, October 17.

The move is based on the recommendation of the Region’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, who has updated public health guidelines for fitness classes and team gameplay. The update recommends a temporary pause to all indoor group exercise programs as well as all indoor team gameplay.

“The town has numerous pre-registered programs and classes set to begin this Saturday and Sunday. However, in our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of residents and staff, the Town of Oakville is now cancelling all town-run drop-in and pre-registered fitness classes along with indoor team game play effective midnight tonight,” according to a statement from Oakville on Friday. 

“All user groups with indoor rental permits are being notified that all game play must end as of midnight Sunday, October 18. Individuals impacted by these cancellations will receive a full credit placed on their account.”

The following services will continue to be available:

  • Fitness centres for pre-booked individual, physically distanced, workout sessions
  • Indoor sport training
  • Aquatics
  • Recreational skates
  • Registered non-fitness activities

“As we see cases in our Region rise, we must continue to follow the advice of Halton Region Public Health to slow the spread of coronavirus, and do what we can to help keep residents safe,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

Burlington has similarly placed restrictions on sports and fitness activities to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The town says the pause will be evaluated frequently and will be lifted once Halton Region Public Health deems it safe to resume these activities in town facilities.

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