Planet Fitness Advises 200 People to Quarantine After Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Monday, June 29, CNN reported that more than 200 people who have used a now-open Planet Fitness in Morgantown, WV, are being urged to quarantine after a client tested positive for COVID-19. According to a statement released by the Monongalia County Health Department, anyone who was at that particular Planet Fitness between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, should stay home and practice quarantine safety for 14 days, which would be until July 8. The statement says that about 205 people were at Planet Fitness during that time, and that they should get tested if symptoms emerge.

Also according to the Monongalia County Health Department, West Virginia saw an increase of about 400 COVID-19 cases in the past 10 days since their statement was released on Saturday, June 27. “West Virginia, along with about half of the states

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New Life For Gyms, Fitness Facilities Outdoors In East Hampton

EAST HAMPTON, NY — Gym owners struggling during the coronavirus crisis in in East Hampton may soon get a much-needed boost from town officials.

Established East Hampton fitness and exercise studios, which have been financially affected by the shutdown during the pandemic, will see hope on the horizon with the adoption Friday of a temporary provision allowing them to hold outdoor exercise classes on a separate commercial property, with the property owner’s permission, a release from East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.

The town code as written restricts the use of outdoor areas on commercial properties.

An executive order signed Friday by Van Scoyoc includes a measure that will temporarily relax a portion of the town code to allow fitness businesses to apply for a permit to hold offsite outdoor classes, provided social distancing, group size restrictions, and rules regarding face masks are followed.

The permit application can

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Home workouts dominated during the pandemic. Will the trend change the fitness industry?

Active Californians turned to exercising outdoors or at home when Gov. Gavin Newsom directed gyms to close on March 16. Many fitness centers debuted live-streamed classes during the coronavirus pandemic; sporting equipment sales boomed as living rooms and garages became makeshift gyms.

As gyms started reopening in June, business owners and customers sought a new normal that may point to lasting shifts in the industry. Prior to the pandemic, many frequented the gym for access to specialty equipment, but some people have now bought their own gear, and online options have emerged as a viable alternative for group fitness businesses.

Austin Walsh bought new dumbbells, resistance bands and running shoes since his gym closed. His home setup — in the bedroom, since his wife does barre workouts in the living room — isn’t perfect, but it seems safe.

“The most elusive piece of equipment is an Olympic bench press

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Body Positive Fitness Instagram Accounts To Follow for Summer Inspo

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Every year as it gets warmer, the scourge of summer diet culture returns to make people feel weird and off about their bodies. (Remember: The devil works hard but people who want you to feel bad about your body and buy stuff to change it work harder!) Combined with the ways that hyper-visual social media (oh hey Instagram!) can contribute to making people lose sight of all the ways bodies can be diversely beautiful, strong, powerful and good, sometimes your feed just needs a makeover to be a whole lot more body positive.

I like following a good fitness influencer as much as the next girl but also know that the content can be frustrating or triggering for a lot of folks who want to learn about a new workout or get some cool inspiration without having to wade through

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