Community Gyms Need Help To Survive
Government-mandated shutdowns and operating restrictions have devastated local gyms, with one in four fitness facilities at risk of closing its doors forever.
Gyms have been one of the hardest-hit industries by government actions around the pandemic, with higher closure rates than either restaurants or bars.
Gyms have been unable to fully participate in other federal relief programs due to limitations on the use of funds for standard gym expenses such as independent instructors
Direct relief for gyms is essential to helping small and mid-sized fitness facilities recover the revenue lost to mandatory closures, class size limits, and other restrictions.
With swift and targeted government action, we can save thousands of our nation’s community gyms from collapse, so they can pay their trainers, support the local economies, and keep their communities healthy.
Why do community gyms need support?
6,000 local gyms are closed already
According to Yelp, more than 6,000 fitness facilities are closed already, including 57 percent temporary closures and 43 percent permanent closures, with no end to the pandemic in sight.
Gym closure rate is 5x restaurants
The nation’s gyms and fitness facilities face higher closure rates than other hard-hit industries, like restaurants and bars, according to Yelp. Based on its respective size, the gym industry has a closure rate nearly five times the restaurant industry and one-third higher than the bar/nightclub industry.
1 in 4 gyms faces bankruptcy
Without government help, one-quarter of the 40,000 US fitness facilities could close by the end of 2020, according to an analysis by fitness industry association IHRSA.
Healthy gyms = Healthy communities
Community gyms help tens of millions of Americans stay healthy, improving their immune systems and reducing rates of chronic and infectious disease.
- Research has shown that exercise reduces the risk of infectious diseases like influenza and pneumonia and chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently warned that even being overweight may put individuals at increased risk of severe COVID-19.
- Stay-at-home orders, remote work/school, and other COVID-related measures have led to surges in rates of depression, obesity, and other health issues.
America’s community gyms will help our nation return to health and address the growing crises of obesity, chronic disease, and depression.
Let’s keep America’s community gyms healthy through this crisis, so they can keep America healthy after it.