Some gym owners objected to the state's latest mask mandate on Monday, but others said they would do their best to adapt so they could remain open and serve customers throughout the holidays.
Gym members tried to adapt, too.
“I mean really it’s not fun,” said gymgoer Rachel Rodriguez. “I will say that.”
New York’s reinstated mask mandate was not enough to keep Rodriguez from headed to Planet Fitness in Latham Monday.
What You Need To Know
- Planet Fitness gyms were adapting to New York’s reinstated mask mandate
- Gov. Kathy Hochul’s order requires masks to be worn inside all public spaces, including gyms
- Hochul’s order will be reviewed on Jan. 15
“It makes me feel good, so if this is what I have to do in order to work out, I’m fine with it,” she said. “I know that’s not everybody’s opinion, but I’ll do what I have to do.”
Rodriguez says while it’s less than an ideal situation, most are respectful of the rules and carrying on.
“I know a lot of people here, so we’re all just going with the flow,” she said. This is not the first go around for the gym industry."
“It’s really about keeping first our members safe and our staff safe,” said John Herinda, Planet Fitness Upstate New York vice president of operations. “Most importantly, stay open.”
Planet Fitness facilities across the state will comply with Gov, Kathy Hochul’s order, requiring masks be worn in all public spaces, unless a vaccine mandate is in place, through at least Jan. 15.
“We’re going to revisit the whole mandate at that time, but people want to be physically healthy, and it’s good for their mental well-being,” Herinda said.
He and Rodriguez say they’ll work through it, and look forward to when they can leave their masks off.
“It’s just become really politicized over wearing masks,” said Rodriguez. “I don’t need to know if you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to know I’m vaccinated. I just want everyone to be safe.”