San Francisco officials have kept local gyms closed due to health concerns over the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, causing massive hardship for gym owners.

You can imagine how they felt when they found that a few city-owned gyms opened up a few months ago and allowed city employees to use the facilities.

One gym owner asked a few police officers if they wanted to use her gym to work out since she believed the city closed their station gym.

The officers told her that “they did have access to the SFPD Northern District Police Station on Fillmore Street — and police said Thursday that safety and cleaning protocols, as well as occupancy limits, have been established in department gyms.”

From NBC Bay Area:

“It’s shocking, it’s infuriating,” said Daniele Rabkin from Crossfit Golden Gate.

She said she has done everything she can to keep her gym on Sutter Street alive.

“Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking,” she said.

Another gym owner pointed out the double standard, but noted “a silver lining” to the news:

“It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to do,” said Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness in the Castro.

He said there is a slight silver lining to this discovery.

“What the city has unwillingly done is created this great case study that says that working out indoors is actually safe,” said Karraker. “So at this point, we’re just demanding that they allow us to have the same workout privileges for the citizens of San Francisco that the employees of San Francisco have.”

The police have access to their gym. The gym at the Hall of Justice opened up on July 1 for use by “judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals.”

San Francisco officials told NBC Bay Area “that the current health order does not allow indoor fitness gyms to operate.” The officials also stated that “privately owned gyms have to stay closed until at least the end of the month.”

I wonder if this will stand, though. Karraker pointed out this situation proved “that working out indoors is actually safe.”

Why can’t San Francisco citizens have the same benefits as the city officials? I’ve seen gyms in Oklahoma City only allowing a certain number of people in the gym at a time. People have to sign up for shower times. Gym owners spaced out the machines even more than usual.

It reminds me of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the salon. Also the Philadelphia mayor dining indoors on a trip to Maryland.

Rules for thee, but not for me.


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