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Madonna's new gym 'has no permit'

Madonna's new gym is in danger of being shut down because it lacks a security plan and a land use permit, local authorities in Mexico City have said.

Officials from the singer's Hard Candy Fitness, which she launched this week, have until Friday to get a land use permit, though they will be allowed to turn in other necessary documents later, said the chief of the Miguel Hidalgo municipality where the gym is located.

"If they don't have a land use permit, they will not be able to operate," he told the Spanish-language station Televisa.

The official added that the gym also needs to present a certificate showing it has parking.

He said that when he was told last week that the gym would open on Monday, they "didn't have any permits" but he granted a special permit for the inauguration.

Madonna was in Mexico City for the ribbon cutting and taught a dance class for 20 hand-picked members, with music by Paul Oakenfold, the DJ who opened her last tour.

Madonna said in a statement last week that she wanted to use Mexico "as a place to fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long term, develop a global brand that includes the US."

Membership at the gym costs about 159 US dollars a month. It costs 827 dolalrs to join and that includes the first two months.

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