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Gyms and fitness centers in Ohio permitted to reopen on May 26

Ohio gyms and fitness centers will be permitted to reopen on May 26, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced on Thursday.

Ohio gyms and fitness centers have been given permission to reopen on May 26, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced on Thursday.

Full guidance and safety measures for reopening will be available on the state's coronavirus website by the end of the day.

Gyms and fitness centers across the state have been closed since March 16 amid concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Wednesday, 35 gym owners in the state filed a lawsuit against Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton asking for their businesses to reopen as other industries in Ohio had been given permission to do so as the state began the process of reopening its economy.

As of Thursday, Ohio has 26,357 confirmed and probable positive coronavirus cases, including 4,718 hospitalizations, 1,268 ICU admissions and 1,534 deaths. Dating back to the discovery of the state's first coronavirus case on March 9, DeWine has put a number of measures in place to encourage physical distancing, including the state's first stay-at-home order on March 23.

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