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Gyms, fitness, and Health

Overview this week

Fitness centers are suffering amidst new pandemic-related shutdowns. Yet, not all gyms are conducive to COVID-19 clusters and some cases offer hope that these environments can be safe for athletes, as long as proper precautionary measures have taken place.

Top 3 News Highlights 

  1. A Virginia gym trainer unknowingly exposed over 50 customers to COVID-19, yet nobody else contracted the virus due to the gym's precautionary redesigns. The gym mandates mask wearing, social distancing, and cleaning/disinfecting while improving its air flow systems.
  2. Gyms and health club owners in New York fear that Governor Cuomo's new restrictions will force their businesses to close. While Cuomo argues that COVID-19 transmission risk is dangerously high in fitness centers, business owners want data and contact tracing results to indicate whether or not this claim is true. 
  3. Small, local fitness studios in Philadelphia are suffering the most amidst pandemic shutdown orders. While some businesses are adopting virtual classes and renting large warehouse spaces to ensure safety for their members, the new Safer at Home restrictions will be in effect until at least January 2021. These restrictions involve the closing of all gyms and fitness centers.