Must meet state guidelines and contact Niagara County Health Department for inspection
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh on Friday announced she is approving the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, including indoor classes, in Niagara County on Monday, Aug. 24 – the earliest date allowed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He left the decision on gym reopenings to local county officials.
“Given the low daily rate of infection in Niagara County and the fact that other segments of our economy have opened without creating a spike in COVID infections, we are allowing all gyms and fitness centers to open on Aug. 24,” Wydysh said. “Both owners and patrons of these facilities have been clamoring for this for some time and, since the governor has left this decision up to local officials, we are saying it’s time to open.”
Wydysh said that a gym or fitness center can reopen under the following parameters:
•Go to https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries, scroll down to gyms/fitness centers, where there are links for reopening guidelines, a safety plan template and an affirmation. After carefully reviewing the documentation and ensuring facility compliance with the reopening requirements, businesses must complete the required safety plan, and can use the template to do so. Then, they must complete the affirmation that states they have read and understand their obligation to operate in accordance with the guidelines.
•Contact the Niagara County Department of Health at 716-439-7444 to schedule an inspection.
•A gym can open as soon as Aug. 24, once they affirm the guidelines are met, a safety plan is completed and an inspection is scheduled.
“I know many gym owners have been working on their safety plans for some time on things like how to keep social distance and how to sanitize, so hopefully they are well prepared to meet the guidelines,” Wydysh said. “I cannot stress enough the importance for these facilities to fully understand the requirements, because we will have no choice but to close facilities that are not in compliance.”