Philadelphia gyms can reopen Monday, officials announce


UPDATED: July 17, 8:51 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gyms in Philadelphia can reopen on Monday, with strict rules in place. City officials made the decision, despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases around the state and concerns they could spread to Philadelphia. 

Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley presented the opening of gyms as a move to bring more consistency to the measures the city and state are taking to contain the virus.

To be in a gym, members must wear a mask, even during a workout. People must be spaced out six feet apart, and fitness classes can have no more than 10 people.

Farley says inspectors will be showing up to gyms unannounced.

“If people are not wearing masks when our inspectors go in there, we will be closing those facilities," he said. "And if we have cases of the coronavirus infection that are linked to gyms, then we will close facilities.”

David Lee with CrossFit Manayunk tells NBC 10 they’re on board. He said they'll continue virtual classes, but they’re certainly ready for people to come in.

“We have everything spaced out, kind of lined off. So, we’re only gonna have six people in here at a time. We have kind of a cattle chute at the door, where people are only gonna come in one door, only leave another door," Lee said.

“We’re gonna stick 100% with the rules."

Some people are still hesitant. Kerlange, who declined to give her last name,  says now she feels better about running outside, for example, on Kelly Drive. And the thought of working out with others in her gym is not appealing.

“I kind of just want to see what happens first and go from there, she said. "And with COVID still being an issue, I think it would be safer for me to stay home.”

Farley said new COVID-19 cases have been stable in Philadelphia at a bit over 100 a day, but he also said test results for positive cases have been lagging by as much as a week, so it’s possible the case count is higher than that. 

He urged people who’ve been tested to stay quarantined until they get results.


KYW Newsradio's Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.