It’s unclear how many cases have been linked to “The Gym” in California, but county health officials say it is considered an outbreak in three or more cases from different homes from a specific location.
“The Gym” did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
The Pacific Beach gym remained open although indoor operations were ordered to close to prevent the virus from spreading. The business received a letter on July 23 and said it would close immediately, but did not close until days later on July 27, county health officials say.
According to San Diego health official Wilma Wooten, any company or entity that violates the order has a felony and a $ 1,000 fine.
County officials say they must intensify efforts to locate contacts and avoid offenders. They have issued several letters to local businesses, including gyms and restaurants.
Fitness centers have struggled to keep customers safe while working out indoors.
“We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our community and have taken several steps through all of our locations, which include improved cleaning and sanitation policies and procedures, extensive staff training, physical distancing measures, reduce physical touch points at the club with check-in and more, ”according to McCall Gosselin, vice president of communications for Planet Fitness.