Virus Outbreak Prompts Fitness Rally On The Grounds Of The Michigan Capitol

Jul 22, 2020

Robin Benson exercises on the lawn of the state capitol in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The fitness workout and rally on the Michigan State Capitol lawn is intended to spotlight the benefits of exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of people broke a sweat on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol. It was a workout intended to highlight the plight of gyms that have been closed for months under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders. Alyssa Tushman, vice chair of the Michigan Fitness Club Association, says gyms are “desperately in need of help.” Whitmer ordered gyms closed, along with casinos and theaters, in an effort to slow down the rate of coronavirus infection. Gyms in the northern Michigan were allowed to reopen on June 10. Meanwhile, a judge ordered ordered the Detroit school district to test more than 600 students who are participating in voluntary summer classes.