Welcome to THE COMMONS — News and Views for Windham County, Vermont

By Ronan Khalsa/The Commons BRATTLEBORO—While the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening in the southern and western states, Vermont has one of the lowest infection rates in the nation. Gov. Phil Scott and his administration credit their strategy of reopening the state slowly, coupled with most Vermonters wearing masks when they out in public, for keeping the coronavirus outbreak under control here. So, after weeks of waiting, the state has given the green light to Windham County’s recreation departments and youth…

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‘Light At The End Of Tunnel Has Arrived’ As Massachusetts Gyms Reopen …

FOXBORO (CBS) – Some gyms opened their doors for the first time in months Monday as Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan got underway. The Fit Factory in Foxboro welcomed back members starting bright and early at 6 a.m. “We’ve been building up to it,” said Chris Brown, general manager of the facility. “It was like the light at the end of the tunnel has arrived.” Arrows on the floors guided members down one-way paths to promote social distancing….

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3 Top Stocks to Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

If you want to recession-proof your portfolio, the best companies to own are those with rapid growth that’s not related to higher employment or other favorable economic conditions. Instead, it should be related to offering a fundamentally superior value proposition for customers. The much more attractive offering will result in rapid customer adoption and large market-share gains, such that growth is almost assured, even if the overall economic pie is shrinking due to a recession. Three companies that meet…

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Jimmie Johnson ‘heartbroken,’ worried for daughters after testing posi…

Jimmie Johnson became the first NASCAR driver to announce he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and will miss Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson, who is asymptomatic, took the test after his wife, Chandra, had tested positive herself. While he knows it won’t be easy to watch the race on Sunday from the sidelines — the seven-time champion has never missed a race…

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Fitness industry on verge of collapse as gyms remain shut under lockdo…

By Sameer Naik 1h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare The fitness industry is on the verge of collapse as gyms across the country continue to remain shut under lockdown. It has suffered enormously since the national lockdown was implemented on March 26, with several gyms forced to shut their doors permanently. With no clear indication as to when gyms will reopen, the industry fears a total collapse. It’s expected that around 80% of gyms are likely to shut down…

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Pubs won’t automatically have to close down if a visitor tests positiv…

The government has issued guidance on NHS Test and Trace as pubs prepare to open on July 4 (Getty) Pubs won’t automatically have to close if it turns out a customer has tested positive for coronavirus, according to government guidance. Guidance issued by the government says if venues receive a request for information from NHS Test and Trace — suggesting someone linked to the location has tested positive for COVID-19 — it doesn’t mean they have to close. Instead,…

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200 Planet Fitness Members Asked To Quarantine In West Virginia After …

After a member of the a Planet Fitness gym in Morgantown, West Virginia tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials have recommended that over 200 people quarantine and practice social distancing.  During the window of time where those who went to the gym could have contracted the virus, 205 people had entered the facility. The Monongalia County Health Department said in a statement that, “Anyone who was at Planet Fitness between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 24…

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Over 200 Planet Fitness Members Possibly Exposed to COVID

A Planet Fitness in West Virgina is urging more than 200 people to quarantine after a member tested positive for coronavirus. According to a press release from the Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD), a patron that visited the Morgantown location on June 24 between the hours of 9am and 3pm may have exposed 205 people to the novel virus. The press release notes members should quarantine for 14 days and get tested immediately if they notice any symptoms. The…

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Lululemon Looks Into the Mirror for Its Next Chapter

This deal, of course, does little to boost the top line sales for a company that had $4 billion in revenue last year.  But it is a worthwhile way for Lululemon to test its ability to move beyond its core retailing expertise.  After securing at least $72 million in venture funding and winning some celebrity devotees, Mirror had long been thought of as a potentially powerful disruptor in the fitness business. But now that the pandemic has pushed legions of consumers to explore…

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Coronavirus update: Arizona’s hospitalizations hit record high

Los Angeles County health officials are urging residents to stay home as much as possible as the county topped 100,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. On Monday, Los Angeles County reported 2,903 new cases — the largest single-day number of new infections in the county — and 22 additional deaths. The daily total brings the number of cases in the county to 100,772, with 3,326 deaths. There are 1,710 people hospitalized in the county — the highest number…

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