TORONTO – Dance classes are allowed to resume, with some restrictions, in COVID-19 hotspots across Ontario.
Classes were not allowed to operate after the province imposed more stringent regulations, which included closing gyms, in areas where infections have increased.
The Ontario government has said it is now clarifying that amateur and professional dancer education or training courses are allowed to operate, provided certain conditions are met.
This means dance lessons can resume in hot areas of Toronto, Ottawa, Peel Region and York Region.
Ontario authorizes reopening of dance studios in COVID-19 hotspots
Premier Doug Ford said on Tuesday that dance classes could resume while gyms were to remain closed because classes involved fixed groups.
âThey have a cohort, if you want to call it that, compared to the fitness centers,â Ford said. âI don’t think you can compare dance studios, with some students over and over again, to gyms.
The government said the change also recognizes that dance styles such as ballet, hip hop and the ballroom can still be safely taught and performed when certain measures are followed.
These measures include mandatory pre-registration for participants, no dance competitions, and all areas with weights or exercise equipment must be closed.
Dance classes that do not meet the specified criteria, such as Zumba classes, will not be allowed.
The province is currently reviewing COVID-19 protocols for gyms and fitness facilities after an outbreak at a cycling studio in Hamilton spread to more than 70 people, even though the location followed government rules.
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