Local small gym owner hopes she isn’t lumped with big Ohio gyms on when to reopen


Laura Zavadil believes some places will be able to handle the coming protocols better than others

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has given no direction yet on when gyms and fitness centers can reopen.

On Friday, Laura Zavadil, owner of Mega Barre Youngstown, shared her thoughts on an Ohio House task force.

She wants the decision makers to know that some places will be able to handle the coming protocols better than others.

Now that she’s told them in person, she hopes the big and small places don’t all get lumped together.

“My type of business, and there’s several of them in the area, it’s appointment-based only, where we can control the amount of people that are coming in and out. We can control the times that our classes are offered. It’s a much better situation for a place like us than a big box gym where you can’t really control what people are touching and where they’re going,” she said.

There is a petition going around, asking Gov. Mike DeWine to allow privately-owned gyms to reopen with social distancing guidelines. The petition says it’s “irresponsible” to lump together small facilities with large corporate gyms.

Gov. DeWine has given no hint as to when he might address gyms and fitness centers reopening.

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