Fitness studio owners sue New York City for barring them from reopening with other gyms :: WRAL.com

— The owners of hundreds of New York City indoor fitness studios are suing Mayor Bill de Blasio for barring them from reopening their businesses along with the rest of the city’s gyms last week.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by members of the newly formed Boutique Fitness Alliance — which represents about 600 group exercise studios in the city — and the New York Fitness Coalition, which comprises about 2,500 combined gyms and fitness studios throughout the state.

Last week, New York gyms that have complied with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus safety measures were allowed to reopen. But Mayor de Blasio stipulated that group classes were excluded from the reopening. He argues they have a higher risk of spreading the virus.

Boutique Fitness Alliance President Amanda Freeman and New York Fitness Coalition President and CEO Charlie Cassara say the mayor has

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Carjacking outside Chapel Hill Planet Fitness leaves some members on edge :: WRAL.com

— A carjacking outside a Planet Fitness in Chapel Hill early Wednesday morning has some people worried.

Chapel Hill police officers responded to the incident just before 5 a.m.

“We’re so glad the victim wasn’t harmed. She did what is recommended to protect yourself; belongings can be replaced,” said Ran Northam, Chapel Hill’s community safety spokesman.

Police said a woman was approached by two men while she was in her car. The men reportedly threatened her with handguns and stole her vehicle. A third man fled the scene in a gold-colored, four-door sedan that dropped off the first two men.

“I’ve been in Chapel Hill my whole life, and it’s not something I hear often, so very shocking” said Planet Fitness member Cerry Ramsey.

Ramsey said the neighborhood where the Planet Fitness is located has always been quiet.

“I’ve never felt

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