Free Drive-Thru Mask Event In Harford County Planned Wednesday

BEL AIR, MD — The Harford County Health Department is hosting a drive-thru mask event for Harford County businesses Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Businesses will be able to visit 120 South Hays Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to pick up their masks.

Register to specify the number of masks and to reduce the wait time.

The free event is held in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health as part of its campaign to promote mask usage.

“Wearing a mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19, and we welcome any business who is in need of masks for their staff or guests to drive-thru on Wednesday,” Acting Harford County Health Officer Marcy Austin said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to distribute masks for our local community, without charge, to continue with safety precautions against COVID-19.”

There are 3,430 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Harford County as of Tuesday, Oct.20, according to state health officials.

The timing of Wednesday’s drive-thru mask giveaway was intentional, local health experts said, as the flu season typically begins in October.

“Especially with the upcoming flu season, your actions can define the health of our community,” Harford County Health Department Emergency Coordinator Lisa Swank, R.N., said in statement.

“The Harford County Health Department is encouraging all residents to continue to wear masks and social distance, especially during flu season,” Swank said. “This is why we are providing Harford County businesses with free masks to distribute to their patrons and employees during this time of year.”

The most recent flu surveillance report from the Maryland Department of Health shows no positive test results for influenza so far, although there was one influenza-related hospitalization for the week ending Oct. 3, officials said.

In early October, Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland was shifting its coronavirus strategy as flu season arrives, bracing for a potential hospital surge and ramping up its flu testing capacity.

Both coronavirus and influenza are contagious illnesses that can be spread through respiratory droplets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face coverings in public, maintaining 6 feet of distance and frequently washing hands to prevent the spread of illness.

People in Maryland are required to wear face coverings inside most businesses if they are older than 2. Among the exceptions are those who have medical conditions that preclude mask wearing and patrons who are eating and drinking.

The Harford County Health Department at 120 South Hays Street is hosting its drive-thru mask event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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New spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool planned for major health and fitness club near Edinburgh

One of the UK’s leading leisure groups is inviting locals to shape a new state of the art health and fitness club in Midlothian.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:45 pm

David Lloyd Leisure will allow members of the public to have their say in shaping the new facility if the council approve the application.
David Lloyd Leisure will allow members of the public to have their say in shaping the new facility if the council approve the application.

The plans hope to bring a range of premium family-focused health and leisure facilities to the the site between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.

The proposed facilities include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios for various uses such as group cycling, HIIT training and mind and body exercise.

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Both a permanent and a seasonal tennis court are suggested, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terrace and luxury indoor spa with spa garden.

The facility will include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios.

The plans also include a clubroom which aims to attract families, couples and individual users. An adults only business hub for flexible working, and a soft play and activity space for children are also suggested.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Midlothian Council in September, highlighting the intent of the developer to lodge a planning application this year.

David Lloyd noted that if the plans are approved, there will be nearly 250 car parking spaces with EV charging points as well as covered cycle spaces and various landscaping features.

Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, owners of Shawfair Park said: “As a long-term investor in Shawfair and Midlothian we are very pleased to be working with David Lloyd Leisure in bringing these proposals forward.

“David Lloyd Leisure’s family-focused offering will be a fantastic addition to Shawfair Park and a valuable amenity to local residents and businesses who will be able to play tennis, swim and lead a healthy life-style with-in easy reach of their front doors.”

Brendan Mitchell, group acquisitions manager for David Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be providing the local community with the opportunity to shape our proposals for this exciting new health, leisure and fitness club in Midlothian.

“Clearly these are difficult times, and we’re pleased to offer an exciting vision to help people maintain physical and

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