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Chhattisgarh CM writes to PM Modi, seeks Centre's nod to reopen gymnasiums

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bhupesh Baghel cited the financial hardhips being faced by operator of fitness centres, a state government spokesperson said.

Published: 06th July 2020 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2020 02:03 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday urged the Centre to allow conditional reopening of gymnasiums, which have been shut since the coronavirus-enforced lockdown came into force on March 25.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Baghel cited the financial hardhips being faced by operator of fitness centres, a state government spokesperson said.

Gym operators have been going through a tough phase as their facilities are being shut for a long time since the lockdown was imposed, a government spokesperson said quoting the letter.

During phase-wise relaxation of the lockdown, various activities, including operation of restaurants and hotels, were allowed on condition of strict compliance with Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) to curb the coronavirus spread, but the Union government has still not given its permission for reopening gyms, Baghel stated.

Chhattisgarh has so far reported 3,207 COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths.

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