Allow privately owned gyms to Reopen with social Distancing standards in Oregon in phase 1

Allow privately owned gyms to Reopen with social Distancing standards in Oregon in phase 1

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ashley dewitt started this petition to Governor Kate Brown

My name is Ashley Dewitt and I own a small gym and academy in Springfield, Oregon called 10th planet Springfield and Superhero Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  Our facility was ordered to close last March and has Since then,  had to adapt and work with most of our members online to continue to pay our bills and remain standing. 

  • Our Governor Kate Brown has decided to differ from the federal recommended phases and allowing gyms to be part of phase one with social distancing standards. 

However, it is quite irresponsible to blanket all gyms with this notion, and not seperate the large corporate gyms from the small privately owned gyms.

As a private gym owner, it would be very easy for us to maintain safety standards set forth by local, national, and state governments and allow our coaches to work, clients to maintain good health, and operations to continue in some capacity with the right precautions in place.

Including  but not limited to :

Social distancing.  6 ft. Marked areas seem to be the norms and recommended but many schools, studios and gyms can even offer bigger space buffers. We are also able to safely  control  the student and member capacity in the building  with rosters,  class size, and making sure we keep to allowed numbers of people In one area. Many studios such as your local yoga studio never have any physical interaction with patrons and have normal class size below the recommended max.

Deep cleaning and sanitizing between people, classes, and uses of equipment and stations. We along with most gyms already use medical grade disinfectants and and no strangers to in depth cleaning and following policies. Our academy  already has extra steps and supplies in place to be able to meet strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

This petition is asking for Kate Brown, the governor of oregon to classify gyms differently based on size and structure, so that some may re open with the proper standards in place to protect the people of our state, while also allowing them to maintain and improve their health and mental wellbeing. 

If you feel so inclined to take a extra step please call and leave a message for Governor Kate Brown at 503-378-4582 or please send her your opinion and support for local small gyms, studios, and academies here https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx 

 

Thank you zack bartell for inspiring  other states to petition for clarification, like you have done for California. 

 

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