SINGAPORE — Multiple COVID-19 cases have been linked to two rock climbing gyms, prompting one to cease operations indefinitely as a precautionary measure, according to announcements made on their social media accounts on Tuesday (10 March).
A total of three cases are linked to Boulder+, located on the third floor of Aperia Mall at 12 Kallang Avenue, which was first announced by the gym and later confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
One other case has been reportedly linked to Climb Central’s Funan Mall outlet, located on basement two of the shopping centre at 107 North Bridge Road.
In a daily update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore on Wednesday, the MOH listed three of the 178 confirmed cases – no. 142, 162 and 163 – as linked to Boulder+.
Case 142 was announced by MOH last Sunday as a 26-year-old Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. The man is linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster. Prior to being admitted to hospital, the Jurong West resident had gone to work at First Page Digital Singapore at Robinson Road and also visited The Aperia Mall.
Case 162 is a 28-year-old Singaporean man who had been in Indonesia from 29 February to 2 March. Prior to his hospital admission, the Kim Tian Road resident had visited a shop at Jalan Membina.
Case 163 is a 27-year-old Singaporean woman. Prior to hospital admission, the Redhill Road resident had visited Funan Mall and PUB Recreation Club.
Boulder+ had announced on its Facebook page on Tuesday noon that two new cases have been linked to a COVID-19 case who visited its premises last Thursday evening.
It urged those who have received quarantine orders from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to cooperate, and for those experiencing symptoms or feeling unwell to see a doctor immediately.
“For everyone else, please observe social responsibility – if you stayed in the gym past 7pm and wasn’t called, you should stay home, don’t gym hop and avoid crowded places,” Boulder+ added.
“To take extra precaution in this time and to contain the virus the best that we can, we will be pausing operations for the time being,” it said, without specifying when the facility will reopen.
Later on Tuesday night, Climb Central said on its Facebook page that a climber who had visited its Funan Mall outlet on Sunday had been confirmed as a COVID-19 case.
It added that contact tracing by the MOH is underway and climbers who were in the facility from 9am to 4pm might be contacted.
“We ask that you cooperate fully with them if contacted. We will continue to work together with MOH on this,” it said.
Climb Central also announced that it will be closing several outlets between Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 2pm to clean and disinfect its facilities. Its Funan outlet would be closed on Wednesday while its Sports Hub and Novena branches would be closed on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
The facility did not provide any details on the case and whether it is linked to any of the three cases at Boulder+. It also remains unclear whether the case is among the 178 COVID-19 patients confirmed by the MOH to date.
Yahoo News Singapore has contacted both rock climbing facilities for comment.
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