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Central Coast Gyms Team Up To Protest Coronavirus Closures, Say They're "Essential Businesses"

Around 30 health and wellness businesses on the Central Coast have banded together – hoping to change statewide COVID-19 restrictions that prevent fitness centers from operating indoors.

The newly formed Wellness Coalition argues that fitness centers should be considered essential businesses due to the health benefits of working out.

From gyms, to martial arts centers and yoga studios, the businesses from San Luis Obispo County, have teamed up to form the Wellness Coalition.

They aim to challenge the state ordered restrictions in the purple tier, which orders them to close their indoor business.

Blake Beltram from the coalition told KCLU News that it’s not about disobeying the order, but that they should be reclassified as essential preventative healthcare.

“They should be deemed essential and should be open and operating for the duration of this pandemic. Closing or limiting access to these businesses is exactly the wrong thing to do," he said. 

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.
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