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Washington yoga studio uses religious exemption to avoid coronavirus orders
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A Washington state yoga studio is declining to comply with state and local coronavirus pandemic rules, claiming it has a religious exemption.
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Seattle's HauteYoga — one of the city's highest-rated studios — is holding in-person classes, despite Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's recent extension of statewide restrictions.
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According to Newsweek, the studio is holding in-person sessions for six people, with social distancing, mask-wearing, temperature checks, and the use of air purifiers with HEPA filters.
The doors are reportedly also open for increased airflow.
HauteYoga's founder Leah Zaccaria told Newsweek she was not asserting sessions were religious gatherings, but said that she believes her work is essential and is "saving people's lives."
A request for comment was not immediately returned by HauteYoga.