Keep Micro Gyms Open
Keep Micro Gyms Open
Gyms have been forced to close or move outside, meaning that small-business owners are hemorrhaging money for the second time in 12 months and gym-goers are denied their freedom to stay fit and healthy (the one thing that protects us against infectious diseases).
Whilst it is understandable to prevent large gatherings in small places, micro-gyms (gyms under 25 people per class) do not fall in this category and blanket ruling all gyms and exercise to be performed outside is unjust and decapitating to small businesses.
Our standard classes have between 10-20 people in an extra-large warehouse environment, where members can have their own space and never cross paths.
This warehouse provides us with up to 40m2 per person and high ceilings (10x the initial 4m2 rule).
Whilst I understand that there may have been logic in the decision to move everyone outside without having the capacity to fully understand/comprehend all exceptions and outliers to the rules, I feel as if now is the time to re-evaluate those exceptions and to think more logically about the policies you are handing down.
You have made contrasting and confusing policies that benefit some businesses and dilapidate others.
The minimum solution is to revert back to a 4m2 rule which goes for all small businesses, allowing gyms to operate as fairly and freely as the likes of KMart, Bunnings and JB HI-FI, which are apparently "essential".
I, like most small businesses, care about the people we serve. I have 10 employees who can't afford to not get paid and a tonne of overheads that don't stop when we are locked down. Not to mention the loss of income that we lose due to holds and cancellations, which may or may not ever return.
I'm not sure if you've ever run a small business, Gladys, but customers are hard enough to find (and keep) at the best of times, let alone when you throw fear-mongering campaigns at them and make them train in the rain during cold winter mornings.
I am also untrusting and fearful as to whether you will be able to help us recover the losses given the extensive debt we keep crawling into.
Can you please rethink your policies and STOP LOCKING GYMS DOWN!