Some DC indoor pools and fitness centers reopening Oct. 13 with restrictions

Public indoor pools and fitness centers in D.C. are reopening next week. Learn how to book a time slot for your workout or your swim.

If you want to get some exercise in D.C. when indoor facilities open up next week, you’ll have to first exercise your fingers and computer mouse.

Visit the District’s Department of Recreation reservation website to book a time. For swimming and gym time, you’re limited to 45-minute blocks. You need to be sure to bring your photo I.D. to your reservation after booking.

For fitness centers, you can make one reservation per day, with a maximum of four per week. Lots of slots are already booked for the first week, but there are still some available.

Indoor pools are open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to noon and again from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seven locations are currently available for booking. Saturdays, the

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As pandemic restrictions on indoor shopping ease, mall owners sue to stop another shutdown

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 07, 2020 - Shoppers walk past a "Sanitize on the Go," station to keep shoppers safe from coronavirus at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eases restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. Such stores have been closed for weeks, but reopened Wednesday at 25% capacity. Westfield Santa Anita has placed Covid-related signage with one-way traffic, 6 feet distancing when waiting to get into individual stores, hand sanitizing stations and mask are required before entering the mall. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Shoppers walk past a “Sanitize on the Go,” station at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Indoor shopping centers opened Wednesday as Los Angeles County officials eased pandemic-related restrictions on businesses, but one of the biggest mall operators in the region is suing to stop the county from shutting down centers again.

The owners of Westfield-branded malls, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the county in late September that called for the county to lift prohibitions it called “unlawful and unjustifiable” in part because they are targeted at indoor centers, which were then mostly closed.

Although the county gave the green light to indoor mall stores operating with limits on the number of customers who can be inside, Westfield is suing in federal court to stop officials from repeatedly opening and closing stores to blunt the impact of the pandemic.

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Gov. Evers Directs Health Dept. To Limit Indoor Public Gatherings

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials issued a new statewide order Tuesday capping gatherings at indoor public spaces such as stores, bars and restaurants at 25 percent capacity.

Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order No. 3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy.

The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday and ends Nov. 6. It applies to any gatherings at locations that are open to the public such as stores, restaurants and other businesses that allow public entry, as well as spaces with ticketed events.

“We’re in a crisis right now and need to immediately change our behavior to save lives,” Evers said in a news release. “We are continuing to experience a surge in cases, and many of our hospitals are overwhelmed, and I believe limiting

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Trump’s first indoor rally in months staged as rebuke to coronavirus restrictions

“We are already making the turn. We’re making that round, beautiful, last turn” to a post-pandemic economic recovery, Trump said during the rally in Henderson, Nev., although the nation has recovered only about half of the jobs lost since spring and 13.6 million workers remain unemployed.

On Monday, Trump held another indoor campaign event at a luxury hotel in Phoenix that was billed as a roundtable with Latino supporters. The White House pool reporter traveling with Trump described the scene as looking much like a rally, with more than 100 people crowded closely together inside a ballroom. Television footage showed mask-free supporters waving campaign signs.

“I know this was supposed to be, you know the fake news, they said that this is supposed to be a roundtable, but it looks like a rally,” Trump said. “But it is a rally because we love each other.” He then added that “it

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Some Alameda County Schools, Indoor Businesses May Reopen Soon

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Some indoor businesses and schools in Alameda County may reopen in the days to come, with safety modifications in place.

As of Friday, Oct. 9, Alameda County will allow the indoor reopenings of:

  • Fitness centers (up to 10 percent capacity; restrictions on classes and aerobic exercise);

  • Personal care services (except for those that require removal of face covering);

  • Libraries (up to 25 percent capacity);

  • Hotels, lodging for tourism (no indoor pools or fitness centers);

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (up to 25 percent capacity); and

  • Outdoor film production.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, elementary schools may reopen in accordance with state and local safety guidelines, Alameda County said late Thursday afternoon in a news release. The county may consider reopening middle and high schools in four to 12 weeks, depending on COVID-19 data trends in the future.

Depending on data trends, Alameda County said it will consider allowing the

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot easing Chicago restrictions on indoor bars, restaurants, fitness class sizes

Chicago bars that don’t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service starting Thursday, and bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until 1 a.m., Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.



a dining room table: Chicago bars that don t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service beginning Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.


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Chicago bars that don t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service beginning Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.

In addition, Lightfoot said the city will now allow shaves, facials, and other personal services that previously were banned because they required the removal of face masks. The city also will increase the maximum group size for health and fitness classes and after-school programming from 10 to 15 people, officials said.

The moves are Lightfoot’s latest attempt to ease the financial burden on Chicago businesses by lifting frequently criticized restrictions. But the moves also come as the city prepares for flu season and the number of

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Feeding indoor cats just once a day could improve health

Feeding indoor cats just once a day could improve health
Prof. Adronie Verbrugghe. Credit: University of Guelph

Got a cat that always seems hungry? New University of Guelph research suggests you might want to reduce—not increase—how often you feed them.


Animal nutrition specialists in U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) have found that feeding cats one large meal a day may help control hunger better than feeding them several times a day.

The research, published in the journal PLOS One, revealed that cats that ate one meal a day were more satisfied, which could result in less food-begging behavior.

The results also suggest cutting back feeding frequency could help reduce the risk of obesity by controlling cats’ appetite and potentially making them eat less—an important discovery given that obesity is the most common nutritional problem affecting cats.

“These findings may surprise the veterinary community and many cat owners who have been told their

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Md. Restaurant Association asks state health department to update indoor dining guidance

The Maryland Restaurant Association called on the state health department Tuesday to update its latest guidance about indoor dining.It orders restaurants to keep tables 6 feet apart or block off every other booth.The restaurant association says that essentially negates Gov. Larry Hogan’s order, boosting indoor dining capacity to 75%, but the organization says plexiglass barriers between tables can be used and still keep customers safe.The association says without those changes, the increase to 75% capacity has no positive impact on most restaurants.Full statement from Marshall Weston, president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland: “The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) issued a Directive and Order yesterday that essentially negates Governor Hogan’s Executive Order increasing indoor dining capacity to 75 percent. The restrictions outlined in the MDH order make it impossible for restaurants and foodservice operations to achieve 75 percent capacity, even though there are ways to do so safely.””Allowing … Read More

Amazon Has a Great Deal Today on One of Our Favorite Indoor Rowing Machines

From treadmills to spin cycles, there are a host of exercise machines that can get you your at-home cardio fix. But there may not be a better cardio machine than the classic rower. Today’s an especially great day for taking up rowing, because Amazon slashed the price on one of our favorite rowing machines.



a close up of a person: Right now, Amazon has a great deal on one of our favorite Sunny Health & Fitness rowing machines. Act fast to save big on this home gym essential with thousands of five-star reviews.


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Right now, Amazon has a great deal on one of our favorite Sunny Health & Fitness rowing machines. Act fast to save big on this home gym essential with thousands of five-star reviews.

Just a few minutes of hard rowing (or heck, 90 seconds, if you’re rowing hard enough) can redline your heart rate, but the activity does more than that too. It’ll also fire up your glutes and hamstrings, build critical mid-back strength, and activate your biceps and forearms with every stroke.

And when you’re rowing with explosion, you’re also taxing your abs,

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With indoor events, Trump appears indifferent to health hazards

In June, Donald Trump thought it’d be a good idea to ignore public-health concerns, reject the pleas of local officials, and hold an indoor campaign rally in Tulsa. He thought wrong: the event was an embarrassing fiasco.

The president nevertheless decided to do exactly the same thing over the weekend, holding another indoor campaign event in Nevada over the weekend. The Las Vegas Review-Journal asked the Republican about the ease with which COVID-19 can spread in such a setting. His response spoke volumes.

Trump said in his interview with the Review-Journal that he is not afraid of getting the coronavirus from speaking at the indoor rally. “I’m on a stage and it’s very far away,” Trump said. “And so I’m not at all concerned.”

Or put another way, Trump is “not at all concerned” about his safety. After all, he gets to remain “very far away” from people who might

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