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shiroiya hotel by sou fujimoto to open in maebashi, japan

shiroiya hotel, a new art and culinary destination in japan, is set to open its doors to guests. located in maebashi, a city that is just a two-hour drive north of tokyo, the hotel’s architecture and interior design has been carried out by sou fujimoto, while many of the guest rooms have been designed by creatives such as michele de lucchi, jasper morrison, and leandro erlich. the project has been conceived as a living room where both locals and travelers can relax and enjoy art, food, and nature.

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‘green tower’ by sou fujimoto (also main image)
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shiroiya hotel comprises two main components: ‘heritage tower’, the previously existing hotel building that dates back to the 1970s; and ‘green tower’, a new building that appears from the outside as a piece of undulating landscape. responsible for both parts of the hotel as well as their interiors, sou fujimoto renovated the original structure by removing the floors and exposing the rough concrete surfaces. externally, visitors are welcomed by the artwork of lawrence weiner, while inside the architecture interacts with an artwork by leandro erlich titled ‘lighting pipes’.

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‘heritage tower’ renovation by sou fujimoto, artwork by lawrence weiner



the ‘heritage tower’ contains 17 rooms, with many of them designed by creative minds from around the world. rooms by italian architect michele de lucchi and british designer jasper morrison utilize wood to great effect, while sou fujimoto and leandro erlich have each designed rooms that serve as a continuation of their work elsewhere in the project: sou fujimoto incorporates greenery and a sense of minimalism, while erlich again uses pipes to define the interior of the space. furthermore, each guest room exhibits unique artwork by local and international artists such as hiraku suzuki and ryan gander.

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the lounge inside ‘heritage tower’ — interior by sou fujimoto, artwork by leandro erlich
image © katsumasa tanaka



made from locally grown ingredients, the hotel’s restaurant and lounge serves french and western cuisine respectively. notably, the main dining at the restaurant is supervised by hiroyasu kawate, the owner and chef of ‘florilege’ — a michelin 2-star french restaurant in tokyo. shiroiya hotel is ready to welcome its first guests from december 12, 2020, with reservations able to be made online.

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the lounge inside ‘heritage tower’ — interior by sou fujimoto, artwork by leandro erlich
image © katsumasa tanaka

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Hotel Plus 2021 Will Open a New Chapter to Gather over 2,000 Exhibitors with The Exhibition Space Of 200,000 sqm

SHANGHAI, Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 2021 edition of Hotel Plus show, organized by Sinoexpo Informa Markets, will be held from March 30th to April 2nd at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Covering all the 17 halls of SNIEC, the mega event is expected to reach 200,000 sqm exhibition space. Exhibit categories have been fully optimized, include Ceramics, Bathroom Total Solutions, Building & Decoration, Engineering Design, Lighting & Intelligent Control Systems, Smart Hotel, Hotel Furniture, Hotel Supplies, Cleaning, Air Purification, Facility Management, Epidemic Prevention, Self-service, Smart Retail, In-store Displays, and Commercial Space, to serve as a one-stop purchasing platform of construction and operation for hotels and commercial space.

Hotel Plus 2021 will be held from March 30th to April 2nd at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“It’s been a tough year, we experienced many difficulties from event postponement, venue change to relocating exhibitors and reorganizing activities. Some companies delayed their event plan, but we also have welcomed many new participants. As event professionals we must strive to move forward and help exhibitors to meet the challenge. We were proud of ourselves when the Hotel Plus show in August kicked off,” said Ms Helen Du, Director of Hotel Plus, “Now 2021 is just around the corner. As the only B2B show in China targeting buyers from hotel and commercial space sector, Hotel Plus will keep its unique advantage in hotel supplies, engineering design and lighting, and continue to expand further into cleaning, smart retail and commercial design to attract a broader spectrum of trade visitors.”

New hall layout of Hotel Plus 2021

Hotel Plus 2021 will gather more than 2,000 suppliers from hotel and commercial space industry under one roof. The booth reservation is growing against the economic downturn. So far, brands who have confirmed to exhibit at the show include Sleemon, Canasin, povodo, xshuai, SSWW, COSO, FANYI Signage, OPPLE, TENNE, youwe, JSHDE, Power Dekor, Golden Sail, Groupe GM, LMZ, Sidefu, Gold Sanitary Ware, Zhongcheng, Dr.OPPEAL, CANWIN, SQ Hotel Linen, SOUTH, GREE, GIMIG, YAGAO, YouMian, KANGCAI, Coburg, Ming Fai, LIERKANG, Kinen, IGE, Qualicer, Zhengyi, BETONBAU, LUONNE, Xiefuchun, PADOM, Guanghao, haicheng-tex, Pengyuan, Guest Supply, GCS, Xin Jie Weaving, Yining, JOBO, Vilai Cosmetics, Shangguo, MSA, LG, Guiheng, Hyundai L&C, BVEI, PENSEN, Nanhai Space Sanitary Ware, Haotai, Hanhe, bittel, Be-Tech, Puietel Technology, JELON, Laffey Electric, Kingint, TCL, QUEENSO, bymiot, GREATSART, Keruide, ITO, SHJR, FSILON, FLOVA, Tetch Electronic, kuaierte, LONYEON, and SOQO.

Apart from products showcasing, Hotel Plus will have a variety of onsite activities during the show dates dedicating itself to working as a social hub for the community. Design Week Shanghai, Hotel Culture Week, Charm of Light, China Mall Show and many more exciting conferences and competitions will gather industry insiders from hotel groups, shopping malls, real estate developers as well as architecture and design circle at Hotel Plus to experience innovative exhibition form and space.

China International Building and Interior Design Forum at Hotel Plus 2020

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New recreation fields open to students

A dream more than a decade in the making has come true. New artificial turf recreation fields have opened on the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Dahlonega Campus.

Student Government Association (SGA) began allocating student fees for the project in 2008. After 10 years of collecting money from student activity and Recreation Center fees and pairing them with auxiliary reserves and institutional funds, $4.4 million was raised for the project.

The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents approved construction of the fields in October 2018. The fields opened for some intramural sports and Corps of Cadets physical training in October 2020, and club sports teams will use the fields as soon as possible amid the pandemic.

In addition to artificial turf, the fields feature lights that serve as a game-changer. Now, games are not limited by daylight as happened when contests were held on the Gen. William “Lipp” Livsey Drill Field. Extended hours for games are possible, which means fewer scheduling conflicts.

“We’re better able to fit students’ daily schedules by being able to play into the evening,” said Rob Kelly, coordinator for intramural sports and sports clubs.

The facility includes four 100-yard-by-40-yard fields and a 100-space parking lot located on Radar Ridge behind the UNG soccer fields, and an equipment building with restrooms is planned.

“There’s definitely a wow factor with these fields,” Kelly said.

Chad Hall, a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia, pursuing a degree in management, said the new fields can be a showcase where the university’s club sports teams can host tournaments.

“It opens it up for other schools to come and see what our campus is about,” said Hall, an intramural sports supervisor.

Hall said the artificial turf should mean far fewer game cancellations due to rain, as the fields should drain much easier.

“To have the versatility that artificial turf brings is unique,” Hall said.

Mary Rebecca Deppen, a senior from Augusta, Georgia, pursuing a degree in biology with a minor in psychology, works with intramural and club sports as a supervisor. She is excited at the numbers of club sports teams that will now have access to top-notch fields on campus rather than traveling to local schools or Yahoola Creek Park for practices.

“These fields give intramural sports a space of its own here on campus. We’ve been bringing students together on campus from all walks of life and organizations for quite a while,” Deppen said. “These new fields give students a specific place to go for these activities and a proud responsibility for us staff to encourage the future involvement of UNG students.”

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The new White Elephant boutique hotel is set to open on Wednesday

M.M. Cloutier, Special to the Daily News
 |  Palm Beach Daily News

After months of anticipation, the White Elephant boutique hotel is set to open its doors on Wednesday in Palm Beach.

With a 7-foot-tall white elephant sculpture by its entrance, the 32-room hotel White Elephant is housed in the former Bradley Park Hotel, a town-designated historic landmark originally built in 1924.

The footprint of the historic hotel’s structure and facade remain, while the interior has been redone and enhanced with high-end appointments and artworks.

The four-story hotel, painted white with black trim and striped awnings, is crowned by a terracotta tile roof. 

The transformation of the site follows more than a year of redevelopment work that began in May 2019 after Boston-based New England Development tapped Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects for the project.

New England Development, a real estate development and management company with retail, mixed-use and hospitality assets, purchased the property in April 2018 from an entity controlled by Gayla Sue Levin of Fort Lauderdale.

Douglass Karp, president of New England Development, said the hotel combines “our promise of service excellence” with Palm Beach’s “exciting tradition of hospitality.”

The White Elephant is the sister of the White Elephant in Nantucket, Massachusetts. That hotel also is operated by New England Development, whose local projects include the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach.

At the helm of the hotel’s staff is General Manager Bernhard Duerrmeier, who hails most recently from a 15-year tenure with the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

Coronavirus-related protocols at the hotel include mask-wearing and social-distancing in public areas and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety and hygiene guidelines, according to the White Elephant.

The hotel is framed around a center outdoor courtyard — the hotel’s “social heart” —  whose features include a splash pool and al fresco seating for the hotel’s signature restaurant, LoLa 41, a globally influenced bistro founded in Nantucket.

Inside the hotel, the lobby hints at the hotel’s overall interior design approach: a neutral color palette mixed with metal accents, splashes of color, hardwood floors, Carrara marble, tiles and woven rugs.

Guestrooms and suites range in size from 510 to 3,000 square feet, and some feature entrances with custom wooden arches.

Accommodations include king- or queen-size beds with Pratesi linens and upholstered backboards accented by palm and flower prints.

Other furnishings and decorative elements include console tables with the William Morris “Strawberry Thief” pattern, bronze elephant door knockers, and black-and-white-striped side tables.

Two expandable penthouse suites, with two or three bedrooms, include living rooms, fully equipped kitchens and terraces with views of the area.

Throughout the hotel are dozens of pieces of modern and pop art by such artists as Robert Rauschenberg and Yinka Shonibare. The elephant sculpture at the entrance is by Fredrick Prescott.

“The (elephant) statue is a hospitable welcome sign,” said Laurel Baker, CEO of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. “The hotel’s opening, along with the restaurant (LoLa 41), has brought new vitality to the

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Otesaga Resort Hotel to remain open this winter

It’s the first time since historic building first opened in 1909

Photo of Eric Anderson

COOPERSTOWN — The Otesaga Resort Hotel, which has closed after the Thanksgiving holiday for the past 111 years, will remain open this winter. The hotel made the announcement Tuesday.

“Typically, the resort closes to leisure travelers after Thanksgiving weekend, then reopens in April,” according to the hotel’s press release. “But since 2020 has been anything but typical and travelers will be looking for winter getaways where they can remain healthy and safe, cozy and warm, this seems the perfect time for the legendary resort to try something completely new … and write a new page into its 111-year history.”

The hotel, at the south end of Otsego Lake, offers a golf course, swimming pool and boating on the lake in warmer months.

And in winter? The Otesaga is touting the golf course as a place to snowshoe or cross-country ski. The National Baseball Hall of Fame remains open through the winter. The Otesaga also suggests guests might want to pack some books, “and prepare to hunker down and enjoy being in a place that feels very homey but that – thank goodness! – isn’t those same four walls they’ve been staring at since March.

“In short, winter in Cooperstown is about peace and tranquility, and we can all use plenty of that right now.”

The hotel said it will offer a number of different winter packages, with rates starting at $149.

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Exclusive: The Langham, Venice to open on Murano

The Langham Hospitality Group has revealed exclusively toTelegraph Travel that it will open a new luxury hotel in Venice in 2023.

The lagoon-front Langham, Venice will be set on the island of Murano and marks the Hong Kong-based group’s first hotel in Italy and third in Europe, following a recent opening in Munich and its long-standing London ‘grande dame’.

Described as an ‘urban resort’, the Langham will be the first true luxury option in Murano, the little island known for its glass-making tradition stretching back to the 13th century. The hotel’s winning waterfront location on the island’s south-east shore puts it within easy reach of the Museo del Vetro (glass museum) and centuries-old foundries that continue to turn out artisanal pieces. 

Also close by is the Basilica dei Santa Maria e San Donato, one of Venice’s most impressive churches. The city itself is only a short vaporetto ride away, but guests will likely relish the peace that descends on Murano after the daytrippers leave. 

The hotel will be housed in the Casino Mocenigo, a villa that dates back to the 1600s. Milan-based architecture and design studio Matteo Thun & Partners, who are known for embracing sustainable ideas and a pared-back style, have been appointed to oversee the extensive renovations. Design for both the 138 rooms and public spaces will blend modern amenities and details from the building’s history, notably its music and poetry-dedicated frescoes. As expected of a waterfront hotel, views of the lagoon will be highlighted at every turn. 

A key feature will be the grand courtyard

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A key feature is the grand courtyard, which will house an outdoor swimming pool and manicured garden, as well as multiple outdoor dining spaces. Few details have been revealed about the two main restaurants, though the hotel has announced that there will be an Italian cooking school. Meanwhile, a rooftop bar promises views over Venice. 

Langham Hospitality Group CEO, Stefan Leser, told Telegraph Travel: “The Langham, Venice will provide an exclusive leisure experience that blends the finest elements of the local Venetian culture and heritage with personalised intuitive service that are the hallmarks of The Langham luxury experience.”

He added: “It will be a resort where guests can enjoy afternoon tea indulgence, which we are known for, and we are also bringing in the group’s signature Chuan Spa, providing wellness therapies and treatments based on the ancient healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

The Langham is the latest high-end hotel group to head to the ‘City of Canals’, following St Regis Hotels, which opened an outpost in a prime San Marco location last year, and Rosewood, which will land in the Cannaregio district in 2023.

By the time the Langham opens, guests may be welcomed to a very different Venice. The winds of change have been blowing for a while, with growing concerns about overtourism, which culminated in a large cruise ship ban last summer. The pandemic and resulting lockdown, which left the

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Open house addresses recreation, trails and mobility


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In back-to-back weeks, Macomb Township residents had the chance to ask questions and give feedback regarding the township’s future.

On Oct. 21, the Macomb Township Planning Department hosted its second of three virtual open houses in support of the township’s ongoing master planning efforts.

This time, the subject was Macomb Township recreation, trails and mobility.

Macomb Township Planning Director Josh Bocks said the master planning process is guided by public engagement, and the resulting document is a guiding document that provided input for several areas in the township.

The panel included Sal DiCaro, Macomb Township Parks and Recreation director, and Macomb County Program Manager, Land & Water Resources Group Gerry Santoro.

DiCaro provided an overview of the parks and recreation department, including when millages were passed by voters.

He said the next millage would go before voters in the near future. The current millage expires in 2022.

Township parks highlighted at the open house were Waldenburg Park, which opened in 2001; Macomb Corners Park, which opened in 2004; Macomb Town Center; and the 26 Mile Nature Preserve, which is the department’s newest park and opened in August.  

Regarding future developments, DiCaro said the plan is to design a park in the area of 24 Mile and Foss roads.

“As the township continues to grow, so does the need for more park space,” he said. “We’re very aware there are no parks west of Romeo Plank and are always looking to explore possibilities to increase park lands, especially in the south end of the township.”  

Santoro indicated that the county advocates for park land, trails, water trails, conservation and other open space opportunities around the county.

“We assist local governments in acquiring these types of assets for the benefit of everyone in the county,” he said.

The next open house was scheduled for Oct. 27, after press time.


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W South Beach hotel open after renovation in Miami Beach

One of the newly renovated rooms at the W South Beach.

One of the newly renovated rooms at the W South Beach.

Photos courtesy of W South Beach

Out with the dark, in with the light: W South Beach has a brand new look.

After a $30 million renovation that started back in March, the 5-star South Beach hot spot has relaunched with a completely new atmosphere, as well as a new spa, new pool deck, new restaurant and a new multi-million dollar art collection curated by part-owner Aby Rosen.

Celebrities — Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, Lizzo, Pharrell, Tom Cruise, Bono and Mark Wahlberg among them — have always flocked to the W South Beach. LeBron James’ made his famous “The Decision” announcement at the hotel (if only he had kept those talents he took to South Beach here a little longer).

The upgrade may only increase the number of celebrity sightings.

Urban Robot Associates, based in Miami Beach, redesigned the oceanfront hotel’s 408 guest suites and the new 9,000-square-foot spa Away, leaning heavily on natural oaks, neutral textures and beige. Even the lighting is special in these rooms: You choose Bright, Entertain or Relax, and create your own vibe with a 24-hour music playlist. Two new room categories — The Queen Studio and the Fantastic suites — include two plush oversize beds.

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The pool deck has also been renovated at the W South Beach.

“The hotel had a cosmopolitan aesthetic, incorporating darker tones which worked well when it was introduced,” said Justine Velez, a partner at Urban Robot, in a press release. “However, throughout the years, Miami Beach has changed a lot. The new design is an expression of where Miami is headed, enriched with refined art and culture. “

Away continues the theme, with neutral tones, natural light and white fabrics, offering manicures and pedicures as well as luxury services such as detox massages, a bespoke couples massage, a HydraFacial for lymphatic drainage and the Muscle Rescue, which uses CBD oil and hot Himalayan stones. You can lounge around outside on the terrace, too.

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The new spa, Away, is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily on the fourth floor of the W South Beach.

A new restaurant will be announced soon, but you can revisit old favorites, like Mr. Chow and RWSB. The hotel also has kept its rooftop basketball and tennis courts for all your luxury social distancing needs.

As for the new art? Expect four new Andy Warhol pieces as well as a Warhol/Basquiat collaboration.

W South Beach is just one of the famous Miami Beach hotels with a brand new look. The Mondrian South Beach on West Avenue reopens Nov. 16 after a $20 million renovation.

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One of the bedrooms at the newly renovated W South Beach.

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Where: 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Reservations and more information: www.wsouthbeach.com

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Who Can Travel In And Out And What’s Open?

As Covid-19 rates soar across the EU, countries are mostly united in deciding they need to restrict travel but they differ in the execution of rules.

The outlook is changing on a weekly basis in regards to both getting into EU countries but also in how governments are controlling the movement of people inside.

This country by country guide explains who is now allowed into each EU country and what they can do when they get there—some countries are under lockdown.

Who can come into the EU?

The recommendation, based upon the European Centre for Disease Control’s ‘traffic light’ system (explained below) is that currently, only travelers arriving from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China can enter the EU bloc.

America, like every other country which is not on this list, remains banned at an EU level.

It’s worth noting, however, that this isn’t legally binding and European countries can decide for themselves. Croatia, for instance, is allowing U.S. visitors to travel to the country providing they meet the screening requirements and possess a negative Covid-19 test.

The ECDC uses a traffic light map

On 13 October, the EU adopted joint travel restrictions so that it would be easier to understand and regulate travel across member states during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Crucially for the EU, these restrictions impinge upon the rights of Europeans to travel freely throughout the 27 member countries—a major step back for European regulation, which likes to protect free movement across the Schengen area (those countries which have signed up for free-movement of people across Europe).

The idea is that there is a ‘common map’ across European countries that would provide an overview of the pandemic. This map considers three factors:

  • the notification rate (the total number of newly notified COVID-19 cases per 100 000 population in the last 14 days at regional level);
  • the test positivity rate (the percentage of positive tests among all tests for COVID-19 infection carried out during the last week); and
  • the testing rate (the number of tests for COVID-19 infection per 100 000 population carried out during the last week)

Data is compiled and analyzed on behalf of all member countries by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC).

The Common Map works on a traffic light basis, where regions will be coloured ‘green’, ‘orange’, ‘red’ and ‘grey’ (if not enough information is available):

  • green, if the notification rate is less than 25 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%;
  • orange, if the notification rate is less than 50 but the test positivity rate is 4% or more, or, if the notification rate ranges from 25 to 150 but the test positivity rate is less than 4%;
  • red, if the notification rate is 50 or more and the test positivity rate is 4%
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Health unit tweaks new rules to keep sports and recreation facilities open

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has modified new rules announced on Wednesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which will allow many sports to continue.

“We want to make sure these sports can continue as much as possible,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie.

Fears were rampant throughout the sports community that the strict safety measures would sideline sports and potentially put some recreation facilities out of business.

“What’s become clear is that we need to tweak them so that we don’t disrupt sport,” Mackie said.

The revisions were shared during a virtual townhall meeting Friday afternoon for sports, recreation and fitness facility stakeholders.

“If we want to stay in a situation where we can continue to have team sports, we need to take action to prevent the spread,” Mackie said.

Among the adjustments to the Section 22 Class Order for Indoor Fitness Facilities, the total number of people permitted in a class at a facility cannot exceed 12. The maximum number of people allowed on a field of play, such as an ice pad or soccer field, is 25. For team sports with substitutions, a maximum of 12 people are allowed on the roster, and player waiting on the sidelines must maintain a two metre distance from one another.

Mackie says no contact is allowed between individuals during any play and that means there will be zero tolerance for any touching.

“When you are that close, you are entering a high-risk situation. It doesn’t matter if that’s a normal part of your sport, there’s no contact.”

Parents, athletes, coaches and owners of numerous sports facilities are expressing some relief.

“It’s definitely a positive move,” said the VP of Hockey Operations for The London Junior Knights, Kevin Gardner.

“We can work with it,” he said.

However, there is still some uncertainty about how the rules will be implemented and how they will play out on the ice. Still, Gardner says he’s pleased that the health unit has listened to the community’s concerns.

“It was a groundswell of all sports in the community that made the change, and the health unit listened, so that’s great.”

The Junior Knights have ice time scheduled for this Saturday and plan to implement the new rules.

“We want to follow the rules. We don’t want anyone to get sick,” said Gardner. But the unexpected changes, with no notice, came as a huge shock.

“That’s what upset everyone.”

Hundreds of stakeholders of indoor sports and recreation facilities, including volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics associations, as well as health clubs and yoga studios, took part in the town hall with health officials answering questions about how the new rules will impact them.

The health unit’s revised restrictions on gyms come after more than 70 people tested positive at a fitness studio in Hamilton. Officials say the studio was following all public health guidelines when the outbreak occurred.

Mackie says the orders are meant to avoid a situation where there are gaps in the rules

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