Owners of gyms in New York State are banding together to fight for the right to open their doors again after a long, costly shut down. Gyms were supposed to open in Phase 4, but last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was too soon for them to open.
Phase Four changes have frustrated gym owners, and now they’re taking their frustration to the state.
The governor took gyms out of the Phase Four plans last week, along with malls and movie theaters.
In response dozens of gym owners across the state are assembling together, via social media, to file a class action lawsuit against the state of New York for this action.
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Shintaro Higashi says his biggest fear after taking over his father’s martial arts dojo is “running it into the ground.”
“I would hate that narrative,” Higashi said of that horrifying, yet possible, outcome. The stakes would be high for anyone inheriting a family business, but in Higashi’s case, the dojo has also been a neighborhood institution for more than 50 years.
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“Everybody is pretty much hanging on now with the hope that maybe they are going to have a chance if they can survive the winter, but the outlook is not good,” said Cassara, president of the New York Fitness Coalition, which has sued New York City to allow indoor fitness group classes.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an endurance race for businesses large and small, but if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve likely noticed that the fittest of them all haven’t fared so well: Gold’s Gym, 24-Hour Fitness, Town Sports International (the owner of New York Sports Club and other country-wide chains), and Flywheel Sports have all filed for bankruptcy over the span of the past six months. And while big-box gyms are now allowed to open their doors with reduced capacities, small boutique studios have been forced to remain closed, creating a widespread problem that has beloved fitness brands sweating the dollars and cents.
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Boutique gyms and group fitness facilities partnered up to pressure Mayor Bill de Blasio to permit the restart of group fitness in New York City.
The newly-formed Boutique Fitness Alliance partnered up with the New York Fitness Coalition, which claims as members about 2,500 gyms and fitness studios in the state, to file a lawsuit against the mayor and Department of Health, according to CNN. They allege the city has no proof fitness classes are more likely to spread coronavirus than typical gyms.
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The New York Fitness Coalition and the Boutique Fitness Alliance are suing the city of New York and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for keeping indoor fitness classes closed past Sept. 2, the two groups announced in a press conference on Sept. 9….
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