Fitness Mill holds outdoor fitness class two days after Herkimer gym owner gets cease and desist order for doing the same thing

Are outdoor fitness classes allowed in Phase 4? One local gym owner says he was told they are and held one on Sunday, two days after another local gym owner received a cease and desist order for holding an outdoor class.

Posted: Jun 28, 2020 2:32 PM

New York Mills, N.Y. - We did a story here at WKTV on Saturday about the owner of CrossFit PSE, a gym in Herkimer, who says he was given a cease and desist order on Friday by the State of New York for holding an outdoor fitness class.

Here on Sunday we are doing a story about another gym holding its first outdoor workout, Sunday morning, and the owner there says he believe he is allowed to hold these types of classes.

That gym, the Fitness Mill in New York Mills. Owner Alex Carbone says he believes outdoor classes are allowed, "I’ve been in constant contact with the state, Consumer Services, and they gave me the heads up that gyms are not in fact Phase 4. Within the next week or week and a half, we'll receive a new list of guidelines for gyms. But I did ask the specific question, is an outdoor group fitness permitted, and in fact it is. We are practicing social distancing."

We tried contacting the Governor's office on Sunday to get clarification on whether group fitness classes are actually allowed, but so far have not received word back.

About 30 people filled the parking lot of the Fitness Mill Sunday morning for their first group workout in 3 1/2 months, and that's many more people than the owner of CrossFit PSE says he had during his class, which he says resulted in him being handed a cease and desist order by two state agents on Friday.

When we asked CrossFit PSE owner Tony Licari on Sunday about the Fitness Mill holding their outdoor class, he says he has no idea what's going on, "There's no clear cut answers to what we can and cant do, it's ridiculous."

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