Norwalk LA Fitness ordered to close after violating reopening rules

NORWALK — Norwalk’s LA Fitness location was ordered to close on Tuesday after health officials found members weren’t wearing masks or adhering to social distancing while exercising.

The facility also failed to enforce revised capacity limits, according to Norwalk Health Director Deanna D’Amore. Gyms are currently supposed to be operating at 50 percent capacity.

D’Amore said both the city health and police departments signed a closure order due to repeated violations of reopening rules.

“Staff and patrons were cooperative and left the premises as they work to correct these issues,” D’Amore said.

The gym must submit a written COVID-19 safety plan outlining how it will adhere to the rules before it’s allowed to reopen, D’Amore said. The facility can reopen once the plan is reviewed and approved by the health department.

On Tuesday night, the club had a notice posted on its website stating it would be closed from 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 4 due to a “national emergency.”

The closure comes a day after Gov. Ned Lamont said he would not close gyms or indoor dining despite rising coronavirus case numbers.

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