Gym exec, owners says gyms and fitness facilities should be open under GCQ


MANILA, Philippines – A gym executive believes that the health sector — especially gyms and fitness studios — should be allowed to re-open once the area was placed under the proposed general community quarantine.

Gold’s Gym Philippines President and CEO Mylene Dayrit said that the resumption of sports facilities will help the people boost their immunity against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“As we prepare for a new normal, regular exercise should be included in a person’s regimen to boost his immunity further alongside proper nutrition, sufficient rest and hydration,” Dayrit said in a statement.

“Studies have shown that the severe cases of COVID-19 which led to mortality included those who are obese, smokers, or with existing lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type-two diabetes and other diseases linked to smoking, alcohol and drug abuse,” she added.

Based on the initial guidelines drafted by the Interagency Task Force, sports facilities such as gyms, fitness studios will remain closed and will not be allowed to resume operations under the general community quarantine, or the “new normal.”

Dayrit pointed out that in the U.S, the government puts gym and fitness facilities under essential services.

“In the United States, the new epicenter of the pandemic with a third of the global cases, gyms are part of those that were opened first when the lockdown was lifted,” said Dayrit.

However, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Saturday that fitness facilities will remain closed under the GCQ to further curb the spread of the virus.The GCQ will be implemented starting May 1 in several areas.

Metro Manila will remain under enhanced community quarantine.

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