COVID-19 transmission numbers traced back to gyms: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for the data in relation to the number and percentage of COVID 19 infections that have been transmitted or traced back to gyms and exercise classes since the reopening of these facilities on the 31st August in Scotland.

The detail should also include a breakdown by local authority area to highlight where in the country any transmissions are occurring.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. It is impossible to say with any degree of certainty where or when a person contracts Covid-19, so it is not possible to provide information you requested.

What we can do is retrace the steps of positive cases to understand where and when they have interacted with people in the week prior to their diagnosis. Unless we are able to identify another positive case they have interacted with, it is unlikely that we will be able to identify which interaction led to the transmission.

What we do know is that once a person contracts Covid-19 it is highly likely that it will spread amongst the household. With that in mind we need to limit opportunities for non essential interactions between households and that is what has driven the current restrictions

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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