HOLLADAY — After weeks of self-imposed isolation in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Utahns could be eyeing a May return to eating out and hitting the gym again if a new proposal is implemented.
Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert released a plan to potentially reopen restaurants and gyms, as well as resume some elective surgeries in early May in an effort to gradually reopen the state’s struggling economy in the wake of the shutdown precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses across the Wasatch Front have been hit hard by edicts issued by state and local leaders to “stay home, stay safe” as officials worked to flatten the curve of the contagious illness that has affected thousands of Utahns and has been blamed for 32 deaths.
Statewide, many gyms and recreation facilities have been shuttered during the quasi-quarantine period of the past several weeks, including Holladay Health and Fitness — a personal training business on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley. While large workout facilities can be crowded, making it difficult to maintain social distancing and appropriate hygiene, owner Rob Dunfield said his small operation has been impacted just as significantly as much larger gyms.
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