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Gyms reopen in New York City, indoor dining still banned

September 2, 2020 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gyms in New York City can start reopening Wednesday with a slew of virus-related restrictions, the latest step the city is taking in a phased reopening after being the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year.

Gym members will need to wear a mask at all times and stay 6 feet apart, and gyms can only operate at one-third capacity. Group fitness classes are still not permitted.

Gyms in other parts of the state were allowed to open at restricted capacity starting Aug. 24, but New York City officials delayed the reopening until Sept. 2 so that the health department could conduct safety inspections by video.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed gyms statewide in March as New York shut down nonessential businesses to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

City parks have been full of outdoor exercisers during the lockdown, and some gym owners have brought weight machines and exercise bikes out onto sidewalks for al fresco workouts.

Indoor restaurant dining is still prohibited in the city.