New Life For Gyms, Fitness Facilities Outdoors In East Hampton

Beatrice J. Doty

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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Women’s health and fitness most at risk if leisure facilities stay closed

Beatrice J. Doty

Ongoing closures of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres are “disproportionately” affecting women, according to Sport England, which warns gender inequalities have been exacerbated by lockdown.

The Government-formed body expressed concern to MPs that the clock is being turned back after women’s sporting participation was boosted by last year’s football, netball and cricket world cups.

Activity levels were at record highs pre lockdown, but “less women than men” have been able to be active as families were placed under pressure by Covid-19.

“We’ve seen an exacerbation of inequalities that existed before lockdown,” said Alison Donnelly, executive director of communications and marketing at Sport England.

The Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee praised Donnelly over the Sport England-backed This Girl Can campaign, which was first developed in 2015 to promote sport and activity among women, and since then has inspired four million women to act.

“In terms of

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Health Club Reopens 5 Facilities In Northern Virginia

Beatrice J. Doty

NORTHERN VIRGINIA — Life Time, a chain of health clubs in the U.S. and Canada, has reopened five of its health club facilities in Northern Virginia, with the goal of providing a safe environment for its employees and members.

Life Time has updated its website to provide members with information about its social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, hygiene and screening and other health-related protocols. The company also enlisted a former state epidemiologist with experience in clinical occupational and environment medicine to ensure the health club’s protocols are in line with the latest public health considerations.

“As a company founded on member point of view, we want our members to have confidence and peace of mind that Life Time is committed to creating an environment that helps reduce risks associated with COVID-19,” Life Time Chief Operating Officer Jeff Zwiefel said. “Reopening Life Time with enhanced health and safety protocols, we

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