California gyms move spin classes outside to avoid second shutdown
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Hoping to survive the second statewide business shutdown, some California business are moving their commercial activity outside to stay open.
Cyclebar fitness studios in Culver City and Santa Monica, for example, took the unusual step of moving their exercise bikes into the parking lot to hold spin classes there. Owner Stephanie Sklar-Mulcahy in Culver City said only such extreme measures can keep her business going.
In Laguna Beach, Boat Canyon Barbers moved its salon chairs outside to continue operations. Patient customers wait their turn in their cars.
The County of Los Angeles allowed gyms to begin reopening on July 12. They were mandated to have guidelines to protect employees, ensure social distancing, reduce infection risks and share those policies with the public.
Many took steps to address those requirements in good faith. However, just days after reopening, Governor Gavin Newsom, citing a rising Covid case count, abruptly announced a second statewide shutdown this week. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti suggested the city could adopt even tighter Covid restrictions.