Ontario Small and Independent Fitness Studios unfairly shutdown

Ontario Small and Independent Fitness Studios unfairly shutdown

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Hot Yoga Wellness Studios started this petition to Doug Ford

All of the Fitness places, including Yoga studios, Dance studios, Martial arts and others will not survive the constant Ontario Lockdowns.

The Fitness places mentioned above have been directly instrumental in maintaining the mental and physical wellbeing of many Ontario residents. We, as small business owners, along with all of the other small business owners are being discriminated against by the lockdowns. 

I am writing in response to the 28-day emergency lockdown. The health and safety of Ontario residents is important, and while we do understand the need for lockdowns to help control the spread of the virus, the issue is the inconsistency of the shutdowns and which businesses are able to remain open. Our yoga studios and many other small and independent studios took extra care to ensure safety protocols were in place once in-studio classes were able to resume February 22nd, 2021 in York region. Even at reduced capacity, studios just managed to generate a minimal revenue, just not enough to cover operating expenses. 

This emergency lockdown is unfair to small and independent fitness studios, that are providing services to help with the physical and mental wellbeing of society. As a result, many fitness studios have had to make hard decisions of keeping their doors closed for good. I am asking you and your team to consider the lockdown and how it is impacting the fitness industry. If our industry does not make it through this pandemic, who is going to take care of the mental and physical well-being of Ontario. Our service is critical and essential too. Please do not discriminate and under estimate the value we bring to this province. We implore to government to work with our sector and our small-business owners to better protect Ontarians and re-open this essential service at this critical moment.   

 

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