State Theatre, Island Fitness join businesses requiring vaccinations for entry

ITHACA, N.Y.—Island Health & Fitness became the latest local business to introduce a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and the first local gym to do so, as the idea of vaccination requirements begins to extend beyond bars (and one local bookstore, Odyssey).

While personal fitness locations were not a major vector of infection during the earlier parts of the pandemic, the Delta variant’s prevalence and contagiousness has made contracting the virus increasingly likely even when fully vaccinated.

“To continue our focus on safety within our facilities, we are requiring all of our members and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19,” said Steve

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Beacon Health requiring masks at facilities, including Beacon Health & Fitness

Beacon Health System is requiring all associates, patients and visitors to wear a mask when in any Beacon facility, including Beacon Health & Fitness.

The mask requirement applies to all regardless of vaccination status.

Beacon says the requirement is due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, which is experiencing “substantial community transmission,” according to the CDC.

Beacon recommends paper, 3-ply masks.

Beacon released the following statement:

Starting Friday, Beacon Health System will once again require everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks inside any of our facilities, including clinical and nonclinical areas. Following CDC guidance, we

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