The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
A coalition of about 200 Quebec gym, yoga, dance studio and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health restrictions.
The businesses are calling on Quebec Premier Francois Legault to lift COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed on fitness facilities Oct. 8.
In a statement, they say their facilities were not the source of COVID-19 outbreaks and they contribute to the overall physical and mental health of the population.
They say the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they’ve made significant investments to comply with health rules.
They plan to reopen across the province, but will back down if health authorities are able to demonstrate by Thursday that their operations are sources of outbreaks.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020.
The Canadian Press