Small gyms devastated by coronavirus fear, restrictions
NEW YORK (AP) — There’s little evidence of Americans’ passion for fitness at the tens of thousands of small and independent gyms around the country.

Gyms, health clubs and workout studios began reopening in late spring following government-ordered shutdowns aimed at halting the coronavirus spread. But most are only allowed to have a fraction of their regular clientele onsite at one time. And some clients are staying away for fear of catching the virus.

The International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association, an industry group, estimates that gyms, health and fitness clubs lost an aggregate $13.9 billion during shutdowns as of Aug. 31. The group warns that without government help, at least a quarter could close by Dec. 31 as limits on indoor workouts continue....

RSK: I totally understand this. I used to go to my gym 7 days a week  but now no more than 2. I go after lunch when the fitness class that used to have 20 plus people now has 5 or6 is almost done. I am usually on of 3 or 4 people there and when I am halfway through my routine more often than not the only one. The staff, other than trainers has been cut down to 2 people other than the owners. Yet many of us continue to pay the monthly fees. Why? Because we love our gym and all it`s people. We have met many friends there over the years. We all hope they can survive...

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