Utica, NY - "We know gyms are highly problematic, not from our experience, because we haven't opened them. But we know from other states they've been highly problematic. We know from the other states, they opened them and they had to close them," said Governor Cuomo.
After five months of gyms being shutdown, the governor has no timeline for when he could allow them to reopen, calling it "a dangerous activity and saying that "now is not the time" on a conference call with reporters.
With all regions of the state in Phase four of coronavirus reopening protocol, struggling gym owners are running impatient.
“If someone were in the gym business, the end is very near if it hasn't already happened. Several gyms have already gone out of business and what are you supposed to do?” said Bob Donnelly, Co-owner of Body Alive Fitness Center.
“And I think he's just pushing us aside like little business that doesn't matter but it does because it represents health more than anything,” said Alice Donnelly, Co-owner of Body Alive Fitness Center.
State representatives continue to back them.
They are the experts,” said New York State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, 119th District. “I think they should be afforded the opportunity to open on whatever basis it needs to be to see if we can ensure the health and safety of everyone.”
With the daily percentage of positive coronavirus cases across the state at about 1% regionally, the Governor cites the rise of cases in neighboring states saying it “almost defies common sense” if gyms reopen.
“You have New Jersey going up. You have Rhode Island going up. You have Connecticut going up. It is all around us. Why isn't it here? Well, let's open dangerous activities. I don't think that is the time to do it,” said Cuomo.
State officials say that the state is considering various reopening proposals submitted by gyms.