We know that health clubs, gyms, and studios are essential businesses that provide a safe, supportive environment for members and consumers to maintain physically active lifestyles. Our industry fully grasps how vital and beneficial movement and exercise are for overall health.
After the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic and unifying our efforts to tirelessly lobby and advocate for our industry, we’re noticing more positive trends. Lawmakers are taking action to ensure that fitness facilities and the overall health and fitness industry are included in solving the healthcare crisis and marked essential.
Notably, Senator Patrick O'Connor (R-MA-27) says, “After talking to more gyms and fitness clubs throughout the entire district, it became very clear health and fitness centers should have 100% been essential from the beginning.”
Last year, O’Connor introduced MA S.1509: An Act Relative To A Healthier, Stronger Massachusetts, a bill that aims to implement a public awareness campaign to promote healthy and active lifestyles.
He says, “It’s about assisting the people of the Commonwealth to get healthier. Why not have the government start a program to actually encourage individuals to join gyms and businesses in our state to offer membership plans to their employees?”
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O’Connor mentioned that the reason he initiated the bill was twofold.
The idea first came to fruition after initial discussions with his local gym owners and IHRSA members, Steve and Sally Goldman of Weymouth Club. The Goldman’s explained to him why closing fitness facilities was unreasonable, which prompted O’Connor to dig into the research.