Planet Fitness will require all members to wear masks in its gyms at all times starting August 1, the chain announced in a press release on Monday.

Although many retail chains and restaurants have already required masks, Planet Fitness is the first major fitness chain to require masks while working out.

"As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, amid an ongoing global health crisis, wellness has never been as essential to our collective community as it is today," Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness's CEO, said in the press release. "Gyms are part of the solution and a key element of the healthcare delivery system, providing much needed access for people to exercise and stay healthy. Given our leadership position within the industry, we believe it's our responsibility to further protect our members, employees, and communities so that we can all safely focus on our health, which is more important now than ever before."

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