San Francisco gym owners angry after discovering government gyms have been open for months

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 7th, 2020 9:24 am

Last Updated Sep 8th, 2020 at 6:03 pm

San Francisco gym owners are angry after finding out gyms in government buildings have been accessible to city employees for months, despite continued closures of private gyms.

"It's shocking, it's infuriating," said Daniele Rabkin from Crossfit Golden Gate. "Even though they're getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It's shocking."

Rabkin said she had reached out to police officers in the area, offering her gym since the station gym was supposedly closed. A text exchange revealed that they had access to their station gym and that safety and cleaning protocols had already been established.

"It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to do," said Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness.

Karraker said that the city had unknowingly created a "great case study" about the safety of gyms.

"So at this point, we're just demanding that they allow us to have the same workout privileges for the citizens of San Francisco that the employees of San Francisco have," Karraker said.

A sign at the Hall of Justice gym showed rules as of July 1 for its patrons, which includes judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals.

A spokesperson for the city told NBC Bay Area that the current health order does not allow indoor gyms and that privately owned gyms would be closed until at least the end of the month.


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