With mandated health and fitness facility closures spanning the globe, the fitness industry is on the frontline of the impact of COVID-19.
In the U.S., there are over 40,000 health and fitness facilities that together employ over 800,000 part- and full-time employees. That’s 40,000 facilities that are now frantically seeking answers to keep their health clubs open and 800,000 Americans in danger of losing their jobs.
The entire fitness industry is at risk. We need to find a viable solution to keep health clubs, studios, and the companies that supply them in business until they can reopen. If we don't, it's the future health of the country we'll be putting at risk.
We aren’t trying to scare you—but we need to bring attention to how devastating the coronavirus pandemic could be to the fitness industry. That’s why IHRSA is working around the clock to put together resources, answer questions, solve problems, and keep the industry alive and working together.
We’re finding an abundance of helpful resources from industry professionals; everything from free webinars for fitness coaches to keep working virtually to articles on community building and virtual coaching. You can also find resources to help you understand the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)—the largest stimulus package in U.S. history. Reviewing and sharing these resources is exactly what our industry needs to have a fighting chance!