June 2020 Update
Since publishing this article, IHRSA launched a new grassroots campaign asking Congress for further relief and stimulus to include:
- An improved SBA PPP that expands access to the program for all of the industry's clubs.
- The RESTART Loan Program to provide funding to jump-start the hardest-hit businesses for the remainder of 2020, and provide loan forgiveness as a backstop against ongoing difficulties.
- The PHIT Act to allow the use of pre-tax savings accounts (FSA and HSA) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues. Passing PHIT would encourage people to return to the clubs when reopened.
The Senate is expected to develop the next package of relief efforts in June. IHRSA—as the sole representative for the fitness industry in Washington, D.C.—and our ILC-funded lobbyists will continue efforts to include the health and fitness industry in relief legislation. To support these efforts, tell the Senate health clubs still need relief—then share the campaign with every fitness professional you know!
March 25, 2020 Update
Early this morning, March 25, the Senate reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at providing economic relief. A vote is expected to take place later this afternoon. IHRSA is looking into the full details and how health clubs can get the most out of the bill. We will continue to keep you informed as more develops.
The entire fitness industry is looking at you for your support. Congress is rapidly putting together a stimulus package that needs to include the health and fitness industry. Help IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, gain momentum in Congress by sending a letter to your Senators and Representatives for health clubs that need relief—and don't forget to spread the word!
U.S. health clubs and studios are vital to the economy; they serve 74 million consumers, generate $32.3 billion in annual revenue, and employ over 800,000 people. Those jobs are at risk. As a result, IHRSA is fighting to ensure the inclusion of health clubs of all types and fitness industry suppliers in any relief package.