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

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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.

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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 this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.
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