New Hartford gym owner is hoping 'boutique fitness studios' or 'micro gyms' can open earlier than Phase 4

Local gym owner says he believes smaller gyms like his should be allowed to reopen earlier than bigger gyms.

Posted: May 17, 2020 8:56 PM
Updated: May 17, 2020 9:25 PM

New Hartford, N.Y. - Anthony Mucurio has owned Prime Movement and Performance in New Hartford since 2015, but has been shut down since March 13th. Now he is hoping his voice will be heard by local and state politicians to get him to be able to reopen sooner than Phase 4, which at the earliest would allow gyms to open around July 1st, if all goes well during the previous phases.

Mucurio says his gym and other gyms like his should be in a different category than large gyms and is hoping this class of gyms will be allowed to open sooner than their bigger counterparts. he says he doesn't know what to expect, "It really depends on what is coming down and where we can classify. So right now if it continues to be Phase 4 and things kind of progress in that two week block like things are, if things go well, we’re looking at like at July 1st or somewhere around there. So we’re going from March 13th through July 1st, and that’s a pretty good chunk of change for a small business owner."

Mucurio says he already has his 'pandemic plan' in place for how the gym will operate when he does reopen and says that plan will only allow eight people in his gym at one time, "We’re going to cap it at eight people just because that’s what we feel is the safest for us moving forward. All of my classes are reservation only. Traditionally our class is at sixteen, but with the circumstances and how much equipment we have, we would cut it down to eight. Eight would allow us to fit perfectly with everyone having their own piece of equipment, things structured in a way so that we could easily social distance. We are operating in 7000 square feet. Having eight people in 7000 square feet is plenty of space for social distancing and to be able to use all those precautions that are needed to make sure that people are safe and healthy."

What can be done? Mucurio is not sure. He is hoping getting his voice out there will catch the ears of local and state politicians, "I don’t think I have much influence in terms of politics but I really just want to be able to talk and share our voice and say this is where we are in terms of how we can regulate."

There is a group of similar gyms and studios in Rochester that has put a petition up on a website called change.org. The goal of that group is to get that signed petition presented to local officials in the Rochester area as well as to Governor Cuomo to see what can be done to allow the reopening of Boutique Fitness Studios, Wellness Center's, Small Gyms and Yoga Studio's.

The link for that petition is : https://www.change.org/p/county-executive-adam-bello-reclassification-of-boutique-fitness-studios-and-micro-gyms-in-rochester-ny?original_footer_petition_id=21938281&algorithm=promoted&source_location=petition_footer&grid_position=14&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAOPNUAEAAAAAXrkvAFobIEMwZTI5OTQwYg%3D%3D

Mucurio says he is looking into whether he will start a similar petition here in the Mohawk Valley Region and says he does understand people's concerns and will only open when the state says it is ok. He is just hoping that will be sooner than later, "I’m trying to do the right thing for both our business and for the community so we’re trying to tread lightly here and try to figure out what’s the best scenario."

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