From the start of the pandemic, lawmakers depicted health clubs in a negative light and the public’s perception of clubs turned dismissive. Since then, the health and fitness industry has been fiercely advocating to:
- receive economic relief,
- mark health and fitness clubs as vital, and
- keep health clubs and gyms open.
It hasn’t been an easy road, but it seems the industry’s hard work may be paying off. With the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases comes stricter guidelines, mandated closures, and even stay-at-home orders. Thankfully, this time around, lawmakers and public health experts are relying on the data and noticing that health and fitness clubs are not the high-risk locations they had previously tagged them as.
Cuomo: Gym Restrictions Are Working
For months, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shuttered and condemned gyms.WSYR-TV reports in Cuomo’s second briefing via Zoom he announced gyms in the Orange Zone can operate at 25% capacity. In the briefing, Cuomo stated, “Gyms and salons are not major spreaders, we have so many protocols on them.” The governor reported that while gyms account for a miniscule 0.06% of the state’s current COVID-19 cases, a whopping 74% trace back to households or small gatherings.