Lawmakers join struggling gym owners in push to allow reopening

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Created: August 06, 2020 07:34 PM

LATHAM - Gyms across New York remain closed as the coronavirus pandemic continues slamming many parts of the country.
The owners of fitness centers in the Capital Region are hoping to change Gov. Cuomo's mind. They got together to push for gyms to reopen.


It's been five-long months since any New Yorker has been able to legally get inside a fitness club.

Now, the fitness club owners are sending a message to Gov. Cuomo suggesting to him that's more than long enough to keep their livelihoods shut down.

The New York State Fitness Alliance, which represents 85,000 employees and more than four million members, wants to remind Gov.

Cuomo that they are essential, and they need to reopen immediately.

They say they have data and recommendations from health industry experts, including medical doctors, that gyms are not the source of coronavirus cases and hotspots across the country where gyms have reopened.

Several gym members took part in a news conference Thursday to explain why for their physical and mental well-being they need to be back inside the gym working out.

Three local Assembly members were also on hand to show their support.

Hear more from all the people about why they say it's so important to have the gyms back open by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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