Gym, fitness facility owners file class-action suit against New York state over reopening delay

There's a call for change from gym owners across the Mid-Hudson region and all of New York state about when gyms will be able to reopen.

News 12 Staff

Jul 9, 2020, 12:22 AM

Updated 1,410 days ago

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There's a call for change from gym owners across the Mid-Hudson region and all of New York state about when gyms will be able to reopen.
Tensions among gym and fitness facility owners are at an all-time high, and hundreds are now suing New York state.
James Mermigis, their legal counsel, announced Wednesday they filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming their industry has been grappled by inequality.
"Now they're talking about air conditioning. How about the air conditioning in a Target? How about the air conditioning in a Walmart? Why is air conditioning only relevant in a gym or movie theater?" he asks.
They say if the state wants them to be shut down, they should be paid.
Tracy Tellian, a fitness trainer out of Westchester, is one of over 2,000 members in a private group discussing the lawsuit and what's next. She's been offering her clients free virtual classes since mid-March and hasn't made any money since then.

"We haven't been told anything in terms of any guidance or any direction. It's just been a blanket statement that gyms and fitness facilities are not allowed to open," she says.
Tellian contends like every other industry, people can decide for themselves if they're ready to go back to their gym, and if they are, she says they have plans to welcome them back safely.
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