Gyms still a question mark when it comes to reopening

Empty stair climbers at a closed fitness center
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) "We're working on it."  New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on WBEN Thursday morning when asked for an update on the reopening of gyms and fitness centers.

Hochul added, there could be a way to get it right. "We're taking advice from gym owners. But, there is a reason New York State went from number one in the nation - in terms of rate of infection - to having the lowest rate of infection. It's because we relied on the data and science to chart our way through these turbulent waters."

About 3,500 gyms and fitness centers are considering a class action lawsuit against Governor Cuomo.

Gym owners feel they have not been given due process and a chance to open and show they can do it safely like other businesses.

"This is a wildly unpredictable virus," said Hochul. "We cannot sit here in July and declare success. It would be irresponsible if we did. We're going to continue to take a cautious approach that has saved lives, protected New Yorkers and given a template of what to do right to the rest of the nation." Sadly, she said a lot of states are not following it. 

"All I know is that I'd rather be a New Yorker right now than than in any other state in the nation, in terms of knowing we have leadership that will make the right decisions."