Following a three-week state "pause" on certain businesses, Planet Fitness will reopen its 16 Rhode Island locations on Monday, Dec. 21.

In a release, representatives said the fitness chain is ready and excited to reopen and welcome back its members so they can safely return to their fitness routines.

"Access to fitness centers is more critical now (than ever) as physical activity plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system and reducing COVID-19 risk factors such as obesity, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes," states the release. People need affordable access to fitness, and with colder weather in Rhode Island and early sunsets, people can’t easily and safely work out outside."

Prior to the closure on Nov. 30, Planet Fitness members in Rhode Island completed more than 909,000 workouts resulting in .00088 percent of check-ins who later tested positive for COVID-19, or .88 cases in every 100,000 check-ins, states the release. "And there is zero evidence these cases originated in the fitness facilities."

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