Gym Owners Fear Mask Mandate May Decrease Business; One Says He Will Let Clients Choose – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and a mask mandate, some people are planning to ignore it.

In the eyes of gym owner and trainer Sean Hastings, fitness is a fighter of COVID-19 as well.

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“Thursday, to me, was taking a step in the wrong direction,” he said.

That is when Gov. JB Pritzker mandated masks for public indoor spaces around the state — including gyms. But come next week at Revolution Fitness in Naperville, it is a choice.

“I’m going to leave it up to my members,” Hastings said.

He worries a mask or vaccine mandate could deter people from workout out, and his class sizes are small, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“When we send the message that you should get vaccinated, you should mask up, you should distance, without following that or preceeding that with, ‘You…

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