Gym owners worry for future ahead of two-week freeze

Local gym owners are questioning the data behind Gov. Kate Brown's decision to include all fitness centers in the two-week freeze.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 10:40 AM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 10:41 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Local gym owners are questioning the data behind Gov. Kate Brown's decision to include all fitness centers in the two-week freeze.

Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health said there have been two outbreaks tied to fitness centers in Lane County since the pandemic began.

However, a local gym manager told KEZI 9 News they think that statistic doesn't support a general closure of the entire industry.

"It's a misperception of what's actually going on here. Like I said, everybody's wearing a mask, covering their mouth and their nose, and then we're cleaning, and the distance is there. So we're doing everything that we're supposed to do as far as the COVID guidelines," said Derek Cordell, manager of In-Shape Atheletic Club in Eugene. 

Other gym owners are fearing the worst.

Chris Mikilas, owner of Core Fusion Fitness in Eugene, has already lost $50,000 since the first shutdown and said this next set of closures could be devastating.

"I don't have a fallback plan. There's no going to getting another job, so to speak, if this doesn't work, so this has to work," said Mikilas. 

Mikilas and Cordell also said these gyms are not just places for people to get in shape physically, they mean a lot more to their clients.

"There's so many things about a gym that make it important, you know, it's important for not only your physical health but your mental health and so like I think it's very important that we we stay open," said Cordell. 

A national study done found that of more than 49.4 million health club visits, Only 0.0023% tested positive for COVID-19.

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