Gyms, movie theaters not included in Phase Four re-opening, for now


NEW YORK STATE (WYSR-TV) — During a meeting Tuesday, Central New York’s Regional Control Room found out that Governor Andrew Cuomo does not plan on opening gyms, movie theaters, and more at the start of Phase Four.

Onondaga County leaders have asked the state to reconsider this decision. However, in a briefing Wednesday morning, Gov. Cuomo said they’re still researching what happened in other states when facilities such as malls and gyms re-opened.

Meanwhile, gym owners are disappointed with the decision.

Ryan Vollmer, the owner of Edge Strength and Conditioning Gym in Syracuse released the following statement to NewsChannel 9 the morning after the announcement.

I’m surprised and disappointed by the decision to allow gatherings of 25 people while keeping gyms closed.  Our fitness community depends on us to support their physical and mental health.  I hope the governor decides to do what’s right for businesses and more importantly, the people.

-Ryan Vollmer, Owner, Edge Strength and Conditioning Gym

Vollmer had been preparing to re-open his business Saturday after being closed for three months.

When NewsChannel 9 spoke with him on Tuesday, he was frustrated with the lack of guidelines from the state. Going off of how gyms are operating in other states and following CDC guidelines, Vollmer has prepped his facility for customers.

For example, he has a 100-foot long turf and for classes, he plans to have ten participants at a time, each spread 10 feet apart and using one set of equipment rather than jumping around and sharing with others. He’s also spread all of the equipment apart, asking his members to sanitize before and after each use. During the pandemic, he and other gym owners have been in touch. 

“I think we’re all in the same boat. We’re all frustrated and anxious to get back to work. Some gyms have jumped the gun a little bit, I want to do it the right way, personally,” Vollmer said.

Movie theaters have also been left out of Phase Four. NewsChannel 9 spoke with former Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy who is overseeing reopening of the Finger Lakes region and he believes the state is basing its decision off of a spike of coronavirus cases across the country.

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