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Gov. Ron DeSantis to make announcement about Florida gyms reopening Friday

During a stop Friday in Jacksonville, Gov. DeSantis announced that gyms can open on Monday and businesses such as retail stores and restaurants can increase their capacity.
During a stop Friday in Jacksonville, Gov. DeSantis announced that gyms can open on Monday and businesses such as retail stores and restaurants can increase their capacity. (WJXT 2020)

UPDATE: The governor announced that gyms and fitness studios can reopen Monday. Read more here.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference Thursday that he would likely be making an announcement on Friday about the status for gyms reopening in the state of Florida.

Under phase one reopening guidelines, gym and fitness centers have remained closed while other businesses not originally slated to open until phase two, like nail and hair salons, were allowed to reopen after pushback from owners.

“Certain guidelines from the CDC, they think gyms are a problem, I think sanitation and if you’re in good shape you’re going to be okay, announcement on that tomorrow,” DeSantis said. “It’s important for people to go to the gym and exercise. Most of the people with infections tied to obesity, I always promoted outdoor activity. The outdoors is our friends, transmission is much less. We’ve had golf courses like in The Villages, they had record t-sheets and there’s zero people in that UF Hospital right, now so clearly we have an announcement tomorrow that’s going to encompass the gym.”

At the same news conference, DeSantis said he was pleased with the way phase one was going for Florida, and said he intends to move forward with reopening the state.

“Those 64 counties, the original phase one counties, have continued to do well and we want to continue working with them to move them forward.”

The owner of Fit2Row in College Park said she has made the necessary changes inside her boutique gym.

“I’m the sole owner here. So I’m the only instructor. So, if somebody comes in and then they are sick, bye. You’re gone. You got to go home. I’m sorry,” said Katie Cowan. “I still have rent to pay. Okay, I made a contract with my landlord three years ago. Who knew three years ago this was going to happen.”

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