AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – Gyms are asking for federal aid whereas working to bounce again after taking a tough hit from the pandemic.
“Again in 2020, we have been one of many first to shut. We have been definitely one of many final to reopen. Revenues right here fell dramatically,” Mark Embrey, proprietor of Quick Health mentioned.
He added that it obtained to the purpose the place they nearly needed to shut the doorways of the one gymnasium in Stuarts Draft for good.
“Members simply weren’t returning. They weren’t returning as a result of ambiance that’s right here being round different individuals,” Embrey mentioned.
Not like different small companies and eating places, gyms couldn’t provide pandemic-friendly companies like curbside pick-up and have been left with only a few choices for various income.
“We had misplaced, our income about 40-45%,” Embrey mentioned.
As vaccines proceed to roll out, extra individuals are beginning to return to the gymnasium.
Nevertheless, Embrey mentioned they’re nonetheless effectively behind the place they have been pre-COVID, and federal funding could be an awesome assist for issues like changing outdated gear and cleansing.
“We have now extra cleansing provides that we’re going regionally by means of Cintas. We’ve elevated that to present our members a greater consolation stage,” Embrey mentioned.
If handed, the “Gym Mitigation and Survival” Act would supply a $30 billion fund to supply grants of as much as $25 million for health services which have taken a success as a result of pandemic.
“Bodily health is one thing that individuals like to do, and other people need to get again to a way of normalcy, they usually need to come again,” Embrey mentioned.
He mentioned these funds would assist them maintain the doorways open and proceed providing a protected, clear atmosphere for the neighborhood.
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