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Fort Lauderdale Backtracks On Gyms, Tells Them To Shut Down

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – When it comes to gyms, there has been a little confusion as to whether they could reopen in Broward.

At first, Fort Lauderdale went against the county’s emergency order and allowed them to reopen on Monday. Now the city is saying close them up again.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said he made the decision rather than have gyms in the city risk fines or other trouble.

Upload Fitness on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale opened Thursday morning but later closed. The gym’s owner, Jonathan Larkin, said he was regretfully complying with the city’s mandate.

“It’s a little frustrating. We provided the safest environment, being CDC compliant in every single area. We probably six feet between people, if not 20 feet, and people are coming in with masks, and they are using sanitizer on their hands, we’re taking their temperature, we’re out cleaning the equipment like never before. When we heard we could open, you know, we were proactive because we had everything ready. It’s a little frustrating because now the mayor says listen I recommend that you close,” he said.

Larkin has another location in Boca Raton and that is where he is directing his members to go. Palm Beach County has allowed their gyms to open.

Larkin said he and his fellow fitness owners in the city hope that maybe by next week the city and county will sort this out and they will be allowed to reopen and their fitness fanatics can get back to their routine.

CBS Miami

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