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AN OPEN LETTER Dear Mr Daniel Andrews As Melbourne Metro areas prepare for Stage 3 lock downs this evening due to COVID-19, I ask that you urgently review restrictions surrounding gyms, fitness studios and fitness centres. Such businesses have been exceptional in abiding by COVID-19 guidelines and are following the rules, and should be allowed to continue to trade during this 6 weeks. As we approach our 5th month with COVID-19 among the community it is obvious we must acknowledge the new normal across all areas of our community. Health and fitness is of paramount importance to the community and should be considered essential. The impact of gyms and fitness centres being closed has a huge impact on the mental health of the community. Without the regular program of exercise many people experience heightened depression and other conditions, something that may worsen with winter. As I - and we - prepare for 6 weeks of restrictions, the importance of health and fitness services is essential for well-being during these tough times. We ask that you allow gyms and fitness centres and studios to continue trading under the same guidelines they have abided by since opening 2 weeks ago. In the interest of the mental health of the community, I hope you treat this with priority.