SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — During his COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he’s been in contact with state officials about reopening gyms.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said gyms have identified nationally as a source for increased COVID-19 infections, which is why the facilities continue to be closed. “We have data. We know gyms are problematic,” said Cuomo. “We know from other states who had to open and then close them.”
State budget director, Robert Mujica Jr. added that health experts are reviewing various plans from different gyms for a safe way to open.
After hearing the remarks from the Governor, McMahon said he reached out to state officials offering Onondaga County as a pilot community to test opening gyms safely. “I offered to be part of a solution,” said McMahon. “We think we can do this safely. Let’s do a pilot program here in Onondaga County that the state’s comfortable with to see if works and then certainly then if it’s a model that works the rest of the state can go and implement it.”
With Onondaga County’s infection rate at .8% and its diverse communities ranging from rural to urban, much like the state of New York, McMahon said it is a great place to test reopening strategies.
McMahon said Onondaga County is willing to work with the state to regulate gyms and safety and report back data back to them. McMahon added that Onondaga County is willing to be a pilot community for any other industry that is still closed.
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