Share
News

Philly Business Owners Hit Back Against 'Death Blow' of Dem Mayor's Lockdown Orders

Share

A group of Philadelphia gyms is urging the city to reverse its decision to close workout facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Philadelphia Fitness Coalition, which represents 30 exercise centers throughout the city, started a petition that has garnered nearly 3,800 signatures.

The group also made an appearance on Tuesday outside City Hall to challenge Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney, who shuttered gyms until January 2021, according to WCAU.

Trending:
Trump's Surgeon General Says He Tried to Refinance His Mortgage, But Biden Admin Pulled a Dirty Move to Stop It from Happening

“As of November 20th 2020, the City of Philadelphia completely shut down all fitness facilities without showing valid transmission data or providing funds to keep our business afloat,” the group wrote.

“The mayor has cut off the #1 tool our community uses to maintain their mental and physical wellness. If this continues it will be a death blow to an already decimated industry, eliminating jobs and income for thousands of employees.”

The coalition cited data from member facilities that said their gyms and fitness studios had a “0% transmission rate” out of over 260,000 indoor visits from July to November.

The group seeks dialogue with local officials, wants gyms and other workout facilities to be named essential businesses and demands the immediate reopening of fitness centers, according to the petition.

Do you approve of Philadelphia's new lockdown order?

The coalition also requests grant money to help offset the cost of remaining closed and seeks the passage of the the National Health and Fitness Recovery Act, which provides funds for their “failing” industry.

The Philadelphia Department of Health disagreed with the group’s assessment of the closures and continued to assert that fitness facilities are “high-risk settings for COVID-19 spread.”

“It is regrettable that places like gyms have had to stop indoor activities,” the department responded, according to Fox News.

Content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of their original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

A version of this article appeared on the Daily Caller News Foundation website.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



loading

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , ,
Share
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit.




loading

Conversation