Yoga studio owner issued quarantine warning after attending Trump rally in D.C.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Washington. Although pro-democracy and human rights activists around the globe were stunned to see a raging mob storm the U.S. Capitol, they say they were heartened and inspired because the system ultimately prevailed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Jacquelyn Martin

Portsmouth Herald
Published: 1/15/2021 11:59:08 AM

A yoga studio owner has violated state coronavirus quarantine orders and been issued a warning notice by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office after returning from Washington, D.C. and continuing to teach yoga classes.

Joanna Chipi, owner of Zen Den Yoga at 767 Islington St. in Portsmouth, had traveled to Washington to attend the Jan. 6 President Donald Trump rally, which preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Chipi returned to Portsmouth “on or about” Wednesday, Jan. 6 and had been teaching classes at her studio since Friday, Jan. 8, the notice, signed by Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards states. Thirteen complaint calls were placed to the attorney general’s office, on behalf of the Division of Public Health Services, on Monday, Jan. 11 stating Chipi had not been abiding by quarantine orders.

Under the travel guidance issued by Gov. Chris Sununu in Emergency Order No. 72, people traveling outside of New England must quarantine for 10 days upon returning, or must quarantine for seven days and present a negative virus test taken on the seventh day.

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