Group fitness studios and classes scramble with the decision to reopen

The governor’s new public health order now qualifies “group fitness classes” as “close-contact businesses.”They have been shut down for nearly five months; but now, they can reopen at 25{554322552816a46baa129cc1ab31b2aae22be5e23f407658ace83a643d80b0e9} capacity.The big change was a big surprise for the owners of Sweat Yoga Studio in Albuquerque. Marisa and David Johnson, the studio’s owners, say they didn’t hear the governor announce this in her press conference last Thursday.”She didn’t say anything about group fitness, so I decided to just see if she had made other changes,” Marisa tells KOAT. “That’s when I discovered she did in fact include group fitness in those close-contact business descriptions.” Sweat used to have 1,000 people in and out of their studio each week for hot yoga classes. Now, due to the public health order, that capacity will be capped at 25{554322552816a46baa129cc1ab31b2aae22be5e23f407658ace83a643d80b0e9}. The Johnsons are now scrambling to get their studio ready for customers. They are using hospital-grade sanitization, air filters, and are using tape on the studio floor to keep class-goers 6 feet apart. Sweat will reopen this Wednesday, with classes starting at 6:00 a.m. Not all fitness studios are hustling to re-open.Bhava Yoga Studio, in East Downtown Albuquerque, has been doing yoga classes on Zoom for their customers. The owner, Marisol Brito, tells me she too was surprised when she heard she could reopen her studio at limited capacity.”I know it’s a tough job the governor has, trying to make sure the correct information is going to the right people,” Brito says. “But last Thursday I didn’t hear this information on her weekly conference.”Instead, Brito heard from a friend who saw the news on Facebook.She surveyed her customers, and said over 50{554322552816a46baa129cc1ab31b2aae22be5e23f407658ace83a643d80b0e9} of them said they did not feel comfortable going back into the studio yet; so, for now, Bhava will stay closed.To pay the bills, Brito received a PPP loan and a grant. Although the Zoom classes she offers are free, many of her customers are still paying membership fees; some, are even donating extra money to keep the studio afloat.The governor’s current public health order will expire on Aug. 28.

The governor’s new public health order now qualifies “group fitness classes” as “close-contact businesses.”

They have been shut down for nearly five months; but now, they can reopen at 25{554322552816a46baa129cc1ab31b2aae22be5e23f407658ace83a643d80b0e9} capacity.

The big change was a big surprise for the owners of Sweat Yoga Studio in Albuquerque. Marisa and David Johnson, the studio’s owners, say they didn’t hear the governor announce this in her press conference last Thursday.

“She didn’t say anything about group fitness, so I decided to just see if she had made other changes,” Marisa tells KOAT. “That’s when I discovered she did in fact include group fitness in those close-contact business descriptions.”

Sweat used to have 1,000 people in and out of their studio each week for hot yoga classes.

Now, due to the public health order, that capacity will be capped at 25{554322552816a46baa129cc1ab31b2aae22be5e23f407658ace83a643d80b0e9}.

The Johnsons are now scrambling to get their studio ready for customers. They are using hospital-grade sanitization, air filters, and are using tape on the studio floor to keep class-goers 6 feet apart.

Sweat will reopen this Wednesday, with classes starting at 6:00 a.m.

Not all fitness studios are hustling to re-open.

Bhava Yoga Studio, in East Downtown Albuquerque, has been doing yoga classes on Zoom for their customers.

The owner, Marisol Brito, tells me she too was surprised when she heard she could reopen her studio at limited capacity.

“I know it’s a tough job the governor has, trying to make sure the correct information is going to the right people,” Brito says. “But last Thursday I didn’t hear this information on her weekly conference.”

Instead, Brito heard from a friend who saw the news on Facebook.

She surveyed her customers, and said over 50{554322552816a46baa129cc1ab31b2aae22be5e23f407658ace83a643d80b0e9} of them said they did not feel comfortable going back into the studio yet; so, for now, Bhava will stay closed.

To pay the bills, Brito received a PPP loan and a grant. Although the Zoom classes she offers are free, many of her customers are still paying membership fees; some, are even donating extra money to keep the studio afloat.

The governor’s current public health order will expire on Aug. 28.

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