Gym owners: “We need our representatives in New York to help us”
The Gym Mitigation and Survival Act (or GYMS act), was presented to Congress in February of this year. While other relief programs have been implemented since then, gym owners are now frustrated that the program meant to help their industry still lacks the support to move forward.
“The ramp-up period for us to get back to our normal revenues is much longer than in any other industry,” said Jeff Sanders, CEO of Athletic Apex. “That’s why we need relief.”
If passed, the GYMS Act would create a $ 30 billion fund to provide grants to companies like Athletic Apex and others in the fitness industry. Grants would initially be capped at 45% of the fitness center‘s revenue in 2019 or $ 20 million, whichever is less.
Representative John Katko (R-Syracuse) backs the legislation and advocates are also hoping to rally Representative Joe Morelle (D-Rochester) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). News10NBC has contacted Morelle and Schumer’s offices for comment and has not received a response.
“We need our New York representatives to step up and help us,” Sanders said. “The same people who signed and co-sponsored the relief program for restaurants and event venues, we are fighting and trying to get them to sign and we don’t know what… why not? I mean, we It has already supported other industries, what is wrong with supporting our industry? ”
Molly Flaherty, owner and founder of M / Body in the city of Rochester also supports the passage of the GYMS law.
“It was an uphill battle for the fitness industry,” said Flaherty. “We have been very active advocates of the GYMS Act, which will bring specific relief to the fitness industry, which is truly one of the hardest hit in the entire pandemic.”
Sanders says the key to moving the law forward in Congress will be garnering support from more local lawmakers.
“We have over 150 cosponsors right now. It’s one of the most bipartisan acts right now,” Sanders said. “But we need more to integrate it and move it forward.”