Arizona health deptartment orders gyms to close amid COVID spikes or face legal action

Beatrice J. Doty

The Arizona Department of Health Services ordered three of the state’s gyms to close immediately amid significant spikes in coronavirus or face legal action.

Two of the gyms — LifeTime Fitness, Tempe and LifeTime Fitness, Camelback — agreed to comply with the order while the third gym, Mountainside Fitness, Scottsdale Shea, refused, the agency said in a statement.

“ADHS has agreed to partner with LifeTime Fitness to develop examples of best practices for the fitness industry to provide technical assistance for other fitness professionals,” the statement read.

On Thursday, the department ordered the gyms to close immediately after they learned “certain fitness centers were not complying with Governor [Doug] Ducey’s Executive Order.”

The gyms had to respond by noon local time Friday regarding their compliance.

Department director Dr. Cara Christ said LifeTime’s agreement “is in the best interest of all Arizonans.”

Mountainside, on the other hand, “made it clear

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Jamie Murray doesn’t see a return to action soon but keeps his fitness levels up

Beatrice J. Doty

Jamie Murray is not expecting the professional tennis tours to resume any time soon.

The men’s ATP and women’s WTA tours are suspended until July 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the nature of the sport, with mass travel between countries and cities from one week to the next, is not conducive to a quick return in the current climate.

The seven-time grand slam doubles winner has described a possible return to tour life as “far away” and talked down the impact of playing behind closed doors.

“I honestly have no idea what is going to happen with that,” the Scot told the PA news agency.

“As a professional tournament, you have players, coaches, physios travelling from all over the world to be there.

“You have got fans flying from all over the world to watch these events, it is a lot of people descending on a city for

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