COVID-19: Anytime Fitness linked to potential Omicron cluster in Bukit Timah ordered to close

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SINGAPORE — The Anytime Fitness gym at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre linked to a potential Omicron cluster has been ordered to close for 10 days after authorities found that it did not ensure that patrons adhered to safe management measures.

In a statement on Thursday (23 December), Sport Singapore (SportSG) said the gym outlet has also been issued with a notice of composition. It had been ordered to close for 10 days from Wednesday.

In response to Yahoo News Singapore’s queries on whether it will be conducting checks on all 70-odd Any Fitness outlets here, SportSG said that its enforcement officers “have been conducting regular checks on sport and fitness facilities as part of enforcement work, and will continue to do so”.

In its statement, the statutory board, which operates under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, also urged all sports and fitness operators, and patrons, to "remain vigilant and adhere strictly" to safe management measures for COVID-19.

It stressed that enforcement action will be taken against businesses or individuals who fail to comply with the measures.

“SportSG will continue to work closely with the sport and fitness industry to bring sport and physical activity or exercise back in a safe and responsible manner,” it said.

This comes two days after the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that two of three COVID-19 cases linked to the gym cluster had tested preliminarily positive for the Omicron variant. The test result of the third case was pending.

To date, Singapore has 71 cases of the new variant, including 65 imported and six local.

On Wednesday, the MOH confirmed 335 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 276,720 – as well as one death due to the disease.

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