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Gyms across Indiana started reopening Friday as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's five-stage “Back On Track” plan. However, for one fitness center, the pandemic was too much and the doors will remain shut permanently.

The YMCA of Greater Michiana announced it will not reopen its South Bend-Mishawaka branch after operating for more than 50 years in its current location.

Marketing director Kayla Foster says COVID-19 was the tipping point for closing the fitness facility.

Indiana Plan Keeping Movie Theaters, Playgrounds Closed

May 22, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Movie theaters and public playgrounds will remain closed in Indiana for at least three more weeks under revisions to the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. The state’s business and gathering restrictions are being further eased for most of the state beginning Friday. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a new executive order Thursday that allows social gatherings of up to 100 people and retail stores and malls to operate at 75% capacity. Gyms, community pools and campgrounds will also be allowed to open under rules limiting the number of people and for distancing and cleaning.

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Indiana’s “Stay-At-Home” order has been in place for about a month, drastically reducing operations in the hospitality industry. Restaurants in the state are estimated to lose nearly $1 billion in sales in April.

The Michigan State Emergency Operations Center has announced that a popular Michigan State Recreation Area is closing as visitors have surged  there during the 'stay-at-home' orders.

Owner: Indiana Beach Amusement Park Could Reopen This Year

Mar 22, 2020
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MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a popular Indiana resort that’s been shuttered because of financial issues says it could reopen this year under new ownership.

California-based Apex Parks Group owns Indiana Beach Amusement & Water Park Resort in Monticello.

It said in a statement that no deal has yet been made but that potential buyers have shown interest in acquiring the vacation destination.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that the current owner has been discussing the sale with amusement industry leaders, brokers and investors for more than a year.

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DETROIT (AP) — Two men, one from Macomb County and one from Kent County, have died from complications due to the coronavirus, bringing the number of fatalities in Michigan to eight.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Saturday night that a 52-year-old man with underlying health conditions died at a hospital in Clinton Township. 

In Kent County, the local health department released a statement that confirmed the death of a 71-year-old man, also with underlying health conditions. 

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Saint Mary's College has posted information on its website today saying the following:

Students will no longer be allowed to return to the residence halls until at least April 13, with the following exceptions: nurses in clinicals (juniors and seniors only), student teachers (seniors only), international students, and a select few RAs, MAs, and IT student employees

The Lerner Theatre Is Closing For The Month Of March

Mar 12, 2020

Today the Lerner Theatre announced it will close for the month of March.