Planet Fitness obtains ‘essential business’ classification, reopens ahead of other gyms | News

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After obtaining certification as essential businesses, Planet Fitness franchises in Kern County have been allowed to open for indoor workouts, even as other gyms are restricted to outdoor activity only.

Kern County Public Health Services classified the local fitness centers as an “essential healthcare/public health service” after the gym chain joined the Medical Fitness Association, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that seeks to integrate medical practices into fitness facilities for better health outcomes.

“Our approach is we take anybody that comes in the door, whether you’re an absolute elite athlete or a grandma,” said association President Bob Boone. “Our goal is to optimize your well-being no matter what state you might be in.”

Members of the association are encouraged to follow procedures that transform gyms into part of a community’s overall health care network. Although fitness centers do not need to have all of the association’s guidelines in place to join,

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Gyms, fitness centers, pools reopen | Lifestyles

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 Area gyms, fitness centers and pools were allowed to reopen Wednesday, Sept. 9. This comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 on Thursday, Sept. 3.

 In addition to gyms being allowed to open their doors, organized sports were allowed to resume.

 Whitmer also signed an executive order that outlines strict workplace safety measures that gyms and pools must follow to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

 Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable 6 feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least 6 feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym, and more.  

 Planet Fitness on Owen Road in Fenton reopened Wednesday. Employees at the Fenton location have worked hard to welcome guests back and to provide a clean, sanitary and judgment free

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As North Carolina Starts to Reopen, Gyms and Fitness Centers Remain Closed. What’s Next?

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Dew was still fresh on the grass as Dana Harshaw set out evenly-spaced number tiles across a driveway one Saturday morning in Chapel Hill.

“Everybody’s spaced at least six feet apart,” she said. “We provide hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes if anybody needs it, but everybody brings their own props. We’re not providing props to anybody right now.”

Harshaw, the owner of Barre3 Chapel Hill, is one of dozens of fitness center owners in Orange County trying to keep business afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gyms and fitness centers within North Carolina have been closed since March 16 following executive orders from Governor Roy Cooper. Phase 3 of the state’s reopening, which would allow gyms to open their doors, has been delayed three times now.

For several months, fitness center owners like Harshaw have been adapting to the changing landscape. Her business started off by offering online classes, but transitioned

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Gyms, fitness centers can reopen next week | News

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Gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week at a limited capacity, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

Under the latest executive order, gyms and pools can reopen at a 25 percent capacity starting Wednesday with strict protocols in place. Among the restrictions includes wearing masks at all times and maintaining six feet between workout stations and individuals participating in classes.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the best science and data available to make decisions that will keep Michiganders safe, and our hard work is paying off,” Whitmer said in a news release. “…I urge everyone who plans to hit the gym after these orders go into effect to take these precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families.”

An added caveat to the restrictions is that gym attendees must provide their name and phone number.

Whitmer’s administration has hinted at reopening gyms and

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Gyms, fitness centers start to reopen after official announcement by governor | News

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Gyms and fitness centers officially reopen their doors to patrons for the first time in almost six months.

Even though gyms can legally reopen, many fitness centers are still preparing to let customers back in.

“It’s great being back open and seeing all the regulars. Being able to see some friendly faces back in the club,” said Alex Marion, manager at Burton Planet Fitness.

It’s been a long six months for people like Marion.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Marion was able to reopen to the public.

Strict safety measures will be in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, including requiring all gym-goers to wear masks always and limiting the capacity to 25 percent.

Marion said staff has been fully trained on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We’ve increased our cleaning standards. We are using disinfectant that’s on the EPA’s list of cleaners that are able to treat

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O2 Fitness president claims new data shows gyms, fitness clubs are not spreading COVID-19

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In a Monday morning email, members of O2 Fitness received an email with the subject line: NEW REPORTS & DATA SHOW THAT GYMS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Making the case for reopening gyms



Members were told in the email, “In some cases, what dominated headlines four months ago has already been debunked while new information is not getting the same attention.”

The new information the email references is related to three key points outlined in the email.

“It just hurts when you walk in (the gym) and see it completely empty,” said O2 president Doug Warf in an exclusive

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SLO County’s Kennedy Club Fitness calls for gyms to reopen

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Kennedy Club Fitness has had to lay off, terminate or furlough “hundreds of employees” across San Luis Obispo County amid the ongoing COVID-19 business restrictions, leaving the gym in dire straits.

Now, the local chain is hoping to generate community support and return to the state’s original guidelines for fitness facilities since coronavirus arrived.

The health and fitness company — which has four SLO County locations, in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero and Arroyo Grande — said it has suffered sharp business impacts that could affect more jobs in the near future, as well as the services it provides its customers.

“We need your support and understanding, especially in the next 30-60 days, as we move forward out of the current situation we are in,” said Brett Weaver, Kennedy Club’s managing partner, in a letter submitted to The Tribune. “If we don’t get back to operating business under the

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ECDOH providing inspections to gyms, fitness centers seeking to reopen

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Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement on Monday that gyms can reopen next week at 33 percent capacity, the Erie County Department of Health announced that it will be providing inspections to local facilities that are seeking to reopen.

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The department of health says fitness centers and gyms that wish to reopen are required to review NY Forward guidelines, and must affirm that their business will follow those regulations prior to opening. Those guidelines can be found online here.

Each gym must submit a request form to the Erie County Department of Health so a public health sanitarian can schedule an inspection at the facility. The department of health says inspections will be scheduled as soon as it is practical. Those looking to fill out an inspection request form can do so here.

The Erie County Department of

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Ducey seeks to void ruling that would let Arizona gyms reopen | Local news

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Gov. Doug Ducey has appealed a judge’s decision that could require the state to allow fitness centers to reopen by next week. Photo from May 2020.

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is moving to deny gyms and fitness centers the right to reopen despite a court order to the contrary.

In new legal briefs, the governor wants the state Court of Appeals to void Tuesday’s ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ordering him to provide them a chance to prove they can operate safely. Ducey is arguing that forcing the state to let gyms reopen before he and health officials believe it is appropriate could result in “death, serious physical illness, and a lack of hospital beds.”

And if that message is lost on the appellate judges, the private attorneys hired by the governor warned of dire consequences if they do

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New guidelines on gyms, fitness centers in Washington has owners and members frustrated

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Sami Sweeney owns Pure Barre in Bellevue and started a petition to get the attention of lawmakers to address what she says are too strict guidelines on reopening.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Updated guidelines for fitness centers and gyms in our state take effect August 10, and some gym owners say they are too strict. 

Among the changes is a 300-square-foot amount of space per participant for any indoor fitness activities. While larger gyms may be able to manage that, smaller gyms and studios could be faced with hard decisions.

“I’m personally feeling, you know, really, really frustrated,” said Blair McHaney, CEO of the Washington Fitness Alliance (WFA).

The WFA has been working with Gov. Inslee’s office to come up with guidelines that would allow for people to be safe but for the gyms to still operate as a business.

As coronavirus cases began to increase, Gov. Inslee announced rollbacks that

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