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Fitness players still reeling from body blow

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HAVING trouble booking your usual fitness class as slots get snapped up as soon as they're available? While that might make it seem as if gyms and studios are firmly bouncing back from circuit breaker shutdowns, fitness players tell us this is hardly the case. Having to comply with social distancing means most facilities are open but operating at half-capacity or less, and online classes are merely a stop-gap.

Some facilities have already closed for good, jobs have been lost, and the road to recovery is more a marathon than a sprint through Phase Three, as and when it comes. We look at the tough trail ahead for an industry that only recently moved into boom mode, in Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend.

With several vaccines in the works, attention is turning to how these will be distributed. Merck BioPharma's new Asia Pacific vice-president Liz Henderson tells about the challenges - and opportunities - in supplying medicine to highly diverse markets, in The Raffles Conversation

In our Money Wisdom column, Providend's Chris Tan asks: Is universal life insurance the holy grail of legacy planning? We consider the options.

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