Health Department issues Cease and Desist order to Weymouth cheer facility after COVID-19 cluster

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — The Weymouth Health Department just issued a cease and desist order for the cheer facility tied to a cluster of COVID-19 cases this week. The Health Department found at least 37 positive cases tied to the gym earlier this week.

“It’s just devastating for all of them, for all of us to not be able to see them perform that they worked so hard,” said Karla Psaros, who has two daughters who train at Cheer Sport Sharks New England.

The owner shut down the gym earlier this week after the Health Department identified dozens of positive COVID-19 cases tied to the gym.

>>>MORE: VCU removed from NCAA Tournament because of COVID-19 protocols

“The parents aren’t even allowed in the gym, the girls have temperature checks on the way in, they give them sanitizer, they go in, they’re kept in their groups, they try to make it so that the teams don’t overlap,” said Lauren Cummings, who also has two daughters at Cheer Sport Sharks.

Several parents said the owner has done a great job following all the protocols to keep the girls safe from the virus, and after the gym shut down this week, they don’t understand why the Health Department is taking this a step further.

On Saturday the Weymouth Health Department released a statement saying in part:

“In an effort to protect the public, we have issued a Cease and Desist order, which requires that Cheer Sport Sharks remain closed until such time that we have worked with them to ensure there is no longer a public health risk associated with the spread of the COVID virus.”

“I think it’s awful they’re going to shut this gym down when she shut it down herself and she knew the safety of these kids is more important than her business,” Psaros said.

>>>MORE: Epidemiologist: CDC wrong on schools reopening

Many parents are now frustrated not knowing when the cheer facility will reopen, especially since it’s been a bright spot for their daughters during this pandemic.

“When they got back in the gym after being under quarantine last year, my kids were in a bad spot mentally, and I know a lot of kids were, and the gym kind of brought the spark back a little bit,” Cummings said.

Download the free Boston 25 News app for up-to-the-minute push alerts

>> Complete Covid-19 vaccine coverage

RESOURCES:

- Complete local and national coronavirus coverage here

- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter | Watch Boston 25 NOW

- Download our free apps for your phone and smart TV