Woman clashes with gym staff after refusing to wear mask while exercising

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A woman has been criticised for refusing to wear a face mask in a gym after a video emerged of her berating a staff member over the policy.

Anna Peric, from Cleveland, Ohio, US, was stopped by a member of staff when she turned up at Planet Fitness without a face mask on Saturday.

Video shows Peric having a heated exchange with the staff member on a treadmill and arguing she is exercising in a public space.

The staff tells her: "There is a sign at the front says 'Please wear a mask when you come in', you didn't do that so I'm asking you politely to leave."

She replies: "The signs pertain to the governor's mandate, so if you wanna enforce the governor's mandate, then enforce them correctly.

"Because they make an exception for exercising. The exception is, that you do not have to wear a face mask when you are exercising."

Peric then asks the gym worker to leave her alone and adds: "I feel like I'm being harassed."

A security guard is also seen trying to tell the woman to leave the gym, but Peric adds: "The mandate says you do not have to wear a face mask when you are exercising.

"I am exercising, therefore I do not have to wear a face mask."

She refuses to talk to the manager over the phone because she has a "limited time to exercise".

"All you're doing right now is cutting into my freedom of liberty. I want to exercise. I pay to exercise," she says.

The fitness chain announced a global protocol on July 29 which states: "Planet Fitness to require face masks in all locations effective August 1."

The Ohio mask mandate requires citizens to wear masks at any "indoor location that is not a residence" and there is an exception for those who are "actively exercising", according to governor Mike DeWine.

This exception only applies if you are able to maintain a six-foot distance from others.

A gym employee at the location confirmed the incident on Saturday but declined to comment on any further details, according to Newsweek.

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