In Louisiana when it comes to contact tracing, fitness centers are considered low risk, and in the bottom half of all industries.
In Massachusetts, health clubs are combined with recreation and that group accounts for 0.002% of cases.
To the north, Ben Truman, the Vermont Department of Health spokesman, said, "We have not seen outbreaks associated with gyms, nor documented instances of transmission within that setting."
Virginia only publishes the top seven categories for outbreaks and fitness centers are not even on that list.
Likewise, Washington D.C. only publishes the top 12 categories accounting for 100% of tracked outbreaks, and fitness centers are not on their list either.
Finally, in Washington state, health clubs are put in the same category as arts and entertainment. And collectively, that category accounts for only 1% of cases.
This data and information is vital to making the case to lawmakers that clubs aren't the problem. And it really does make a difference. In case you haven't seen the report from Governor Cuomo, after New York state performed their own detailed contact tracing, they found that gyms were amongst the lowest risk activities in line actually with hunting and farming. Governor Cuomo finally publicly stated, "Gyms are not a source of spread." Of course, this is more fantastic independent data and affirmation for our industry.
Gympass Report Shows People Still Prefer In-person Workouts
Finally, since this will be the last Take 5 of 2020, I wanted to share some key findings from an insightful report Gympass recently released. They sampled 9,000 employees and found most people still prefer offline, in-person workouts. 40% say they did not get the same results and consistency from working out online. Also, the number of people who tried online workouts grew 36% because of the pandemic, with YouTube being the preferred platform of 42% of the people using that. This data confirms that fitness facilities need to continue thinking beyond brick and mortar outside their four walls, if you will, to a more omnichannel approach, especially since 16% of people are not planning to return in-person according to this survey, and 12% of newly active people are coming from previously online methods.
I just want to thank all of you for watching this week's Take 5, and to Precor for sponsoring this video. I hope all of you and your families have a happy holiday and a joyous new year and I hope to see you all again in 2021.