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Florida Gyms and Fitness Centers May Be Reopening Soon

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 11:55am.

Good news for the large South Florida fitness community: Gov. Ron DeSantis hinted in a press conference yesterday that gyms and fitness centers will open soon throughout the state.

"I think it's really important that people have access to gyms and to different exercise," DeSantis said. "You had certain guidelines that the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] put out, and they think that gyms were a problem, so that's why they were closed."

Under Phase One of Florida's reopening plan, gyms and fitness centers throughout the state are closed, with the following exceptions:

  • Gyms and fitness centers that are amenities of hotels which have a capacity of 10 people or less

  • Gyms and fitness centers that are amenities of residential buildings

  • Gyms inside fire or police stations

  • Gyms inside any single-occupant office building

DeSantis said health data shows that many coronavirus-related deaths in people under 65 years of age are tied to obesity, and it's important for people to get exercise.

DeSantis also made the point that "This is a virus that, if you're in good shape, you're probably gonna be OK. So why would be want to dissuade people from going to be in shape?"

There should be more on this development sometime today (Friday, 15th).

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