Kirk Galiani and John Galiani owners of US Fitness Holdings, LLC and formerly Gold’s Gym have published a plea to support large health club chains not covered by the #CaresAct with Ori Gorfine, COO, US Fitness Holdings. Their article is titled Big restaurants and hotels are getting federal relief to survive the coronavirus pandemic. This leisure industry should too.
While the focus of the article addresses larger health clubs and fitness chains and how they are deserving of government-guaranteed business loans, the article also touches on the fact that “one-size fits all” gathering limitations are likely to continue well after the peak of the pandemic which is likely to put further strain on the health, wellness, and fitness industry.
The authors recommend:
- A recommendation that eight patrons per 1,000 square feet be the measure to determine capacity so that each member can safely maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
- Sensible guidelines to protect members including the eliminating of every other piece of cardio equipment, reducing the size of classes to ensure adequate spacing, and providing disinfectant stations throughout our facilities.
I urge industry professionals to read the piece and act by continuing to support IHRSA’s lobbying efforts for the next round of likely stimulus packages.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Exercise.