New York Gym Goers Required to Wear Face Masks

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New York continues to grapple with COVID-19 cases and deaths. While certain trends have indicated a decline in coronavirus, the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has certainly not helped matters very much.

During the height of COVID-19, Cuomo took it upon himself to have COVID-19-positive individuals placed into nursing homes. Like other Democrat governors who have done this, deaths have issued as a result. Many Republican leaders are now calling for the New York governor and his counterparts in other states to be held accountable for their actions.

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On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that gyms throughout the state have the green light to reopen; however, these reopenings come with certain caveats, namely that gym-goers must wear face coverings, per Breitbart News.

What to Know About the Reopening of Gyms in New York

In New York, gyms will have the green light to resume operations starting next week. When this time arrives, these fitness facilities will only be able to function at 33% capacity; furthermore, individuals who attend their gym to work out will be mandated to wear face masks for the entire period.

When making this announcement, the New York governor also stated that local officials are required to inspect gyms prior to their reopenings. These inspections will take place to ensure that gyms have met the state’s guidelines before reopening their doors.

Local governments will also determine whether or not gyms in certain cities have the go-ahead to host group fitness classes.

Wearing a Mask While Exercising

Mandatory masking is an extremely touchy issue in the United States; however, mandatory face masks while exercising are an entirely different matter.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has gone on record and stated that individuals should not don face coverings while working out. When someone exercises, they innately breathe heavier and require the ability to take in air. Doing this becomes considerably tougher and potentially dangerous with cloth covering one’s nose and mouth.

Certain gyms, such as Planet Fitness, have already tried their hand at requiring gym-goers to wear face masks while they work out; however, Planet Fitness quickly walked this decision back weeks ago, amid gym membership cancellations.

Governor Cuomo’s mandate for gym-goers to wear face masks while working out comes amid reports of acne breakouts and dental health issues from consistently wearing face coverings.

What do you think about the reopening of gyms in New York? Is it a good idea for people who are exercising to also wear face masks at the same time? Let us know down below in the comments section.