Many Philadelphia businesses applaud mask mandate, but gym owner says members are quitting requirement – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The return of Philadelphia’s indoor mask tenure means changes for businesses, and many have had tough times during the pandemic. The Eyewitness News companies have spoken of having mixed reactions to the new rules.
Many restaurants in Rittenhouse Square are welcoming the changes. But other industries, like fitness centers, say they are already losing business.
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While gym goers are sweating at Retro Fitness in Spring Garden, the owner is sweating because of too many limbs leaving as face covers will be required at the gym regardless of vaccination status starting Thursday. This is due to the city’s new COVID rules.
“We’re already getting membership cancellations,” said Retro Fitness co-owner Bob Polizzano. “With a business like ours, there are too many people going in and out, and monitoring that would be too difficult, so the mask is the only real option we have.”
At Brown’s ShopRites, 2,300 employees at its stores in and around Philly are already required to wear face masks indoors, vaccinated or not. And co-owner Sandy Brown prefers everyone to hide.
“I just think it’s always good to wear the mask. So when I’m inside I wear masks, ”Brown said.
“Whatever is going to keep everyone safe, we just have to do what we have to do,” said Sam Kolloi, a resident of Manayunk.
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“I think the city has come together and done the right thing,” said Avram Hornik, owner of Craft Hall, a brewery and restaurant in Northern Liberties.
“Now we are going to demand that people wear masks for the indoor restaurant unless they are sitting at a table and eating and drinking,” he said.
Will this have an impact on the bottom line?
“What is most important now is public health and we have to think not of the pain in the short term but of the kind of the long term,” Hornik said.
But back at Retro Fitness, Polizzano had a message for Mayor Jim Kenney.
“I think every business has to be done on a case-by-case basis,” he said.
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The Craft Hall owner also operates two clubs, including Concourse in Center City and Dolphin Tavern on South Broad Street, and says vaccines will be required for everyone due to the close contact.