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After weeks of delays, Cuomo says gyms aren’t different than restaurants or bowling alleys – but reopening will happen next week

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined what it would take for fitness centers and gyms to reopen in New York.

They must open between August 24th and September 2nd. They will also be required to stay under 33% total capacity.

Visitors will have to sign in when they go to a gym, too. That way there contact tracing can occur in the event of a local outbreak.

“Are gyms any tougher than bowling alleys or restaurants? I don’t think so,” said Cuomo. “Gyms are one of the areas that we have to be very careful, and we know that.”

Local communities will be tasked with inspection prior to reopening, or at the latest, within two weeks of reopening. They will also have to determine whether classes can happen.

“The compliance is what I’m concerned about,” said Cuomo, “and that’s up to them.”

There will also be other health and air filtration requirements in place for gyms.

Cuomo and other state officials have said throughout the pandemic that gyms are ‘high-risk’.


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