Fitness centers feel the heat as August marks 5 months since COVID-19 closed their doors

August marks five months since COVID-19 closed fitness centers.

News 12 Staff

Aug 10, 2020, 9:29 PM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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August marks five months since COVID-19 closed fitness centers.
Beth Chamberlin, who owns Nyack Boot Camp in Nyack, says she feels as if she is forgotten.
"We aren't hearing anything, haven't gotten any indication. We're literally going month to month," she says.

The PPP loan that provided eight weeks of financial assistance is no match for the five months and counting that gyms have been closed. Even with a pivot to virtual workouts, she's seen a 15% decline in memberships.

Fitness centers struggling to survive are now fighting back with a $500 million class-action lawsuit.
But for Lifeplex Health Club in Monsey, the lawsuit comes too late. It is closing for good after 23 years in business.
Initially in phase four, Gov. Cuomo pulled fitness center reopenings at the last minute due to worries the ventilation systems would recirculate the virus. Those in the industry say physical fitness is key to fighting the pandemic.
 


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