PICK A SIDE: Was the Province right to close gyms?

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With a record number of COVID-19 cases announced on October 9, Premier Doug Ford and the Conservatives made an emergency announcement wherein they imposed additional restrictions on regions that have seen a significant spike in cases.

These restrictions are being implemented in Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region.

As part of these new restrictions, gyms and movie theatres are being forced to close, while restaurants will not be permitted to offer dine-in options in these regions.

Ford had previously suggested he was hesitant to close businesses again and risk people’s livelihoods without “hard, hard evidence,” but after nearly 1,000 cases in a single day, that appears to have changed.

Many took to social media to voice their frustration over the announcement, particularly when it comes to gyms.

Additionally, others have criticized the Province’s decision to close gyms, which haven’t been significantly linked to the spread of the virus, while schools remain open and no cap for class sizes has been implemented.

Further, some are citing the benefits gyms provide—both physically and mentally—that they’ll now miss out on because of this new decision.

The Province announced these new restrictions will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on October 10, and last at least for the next 28 days.

However, while many have been critical of the decision, others believe it’s been long overdue.

So, Mississauga, what do you think? Should the Province have closed gyms?

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