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Protesters call for gyms to reopen in Florida by exercising outside courthouse

A group of protesters called for gyms to be reopened Monday outside a courthouse in Florida while doing exercises as they gathered, according to videos shared by local news stations. 

The group of 20 to 30 protesters appeared to do squats and pushups as they stood outside the Clearwater courthouse, WFLA, a local NBC-affiliate reported

The protesters also held signs and waved flags outside the courthouse, and did not appear to be wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines of keeping a six-foot distance. 

Gyms and fitness centers are not able to open under Florida’s phase one of its reopening plan, which allowed certain businesses to reopen in most parts of the state last week. 

Under Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) current plan, gyms are allowed to open in phase two of the reopening but will be limited to 75 percent capacity and will have to adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, according to WFLA. 

DeSantis has not said when the state will move to phase two of its reopening plan. A fact sheet released by the governor’s office said the next phase will begin “once the governor determines it is suitable to continue re-opening.” 

Tags Coronavirus Florida Ron DeSantis Social distancing

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