The Washington Department of Labor and Industries sued eight Fitness Centres in Eastern Washington for operating against the Safe Start policy issued by Governor Jay Inslee.
To contain the spread of COVID-19 Inslee issued a “short term extension”(Seattle Times; August 7) of the statewide restraints under the Safe Start scheme on the 1st of July. Meanwhile, a four-phase reopening process was formulated to administer the reopening of enterprises depending on the status of emergency in the respective Counties, with the fourth phase being the least restrictive.
The Labor and Industries Department charged eight Fitness Centres with violation of instructions for operating in Yakima County which was under the First Phase. Seven out of the eight gyms were Anytime Fitness Franchises operating under two distinct proprietors.
The Eight Fitness Centres
The first citation was issued to Double Down CrossFit Reformation on June 24, 2020, for running Double Down CrossFit located in Yakima.
In the same month, Bradshaw Development Inclusive was fined for the first time for operating in Selah. The penalty amounted to $9639. Bradshaw Development was sued again on July 15 for operating Anytime Fitness at Selah, Union Gap, and Yakima. Bradshaw Development has recently appealed against the citation for the Selah location.
Four other citations were issued to Fit City NW LLC on July 14 for running Anytime Fitness gyms located in Granger, Moxee, Toppenish, and Wapato.
The gross penalty for all the eight violations amounts to approximately $77000. A statement released by the Department of Labor and Industries claimed that the firms were cautioned by officials before the release of the citations. The companies continued to function regardless.
Officials reported that Business and Industries were prohibited from working in Counties in the First Phase. The eight Fitness Centres were not following the stipulated health protocols. While the number of people affected by COVID-19 continues to increase in Washington, these firms placed their employees under the hazard of susceptibility to the virus.
It is anticipated that corporations are facing an economic deceleration but it is crucial to adhere to the guidelines issued by the State for their safety and community welfare.
Fitness Centres can design Digital Health Plans to stay connected with their clients while the Pandemic lasts. Since the restriction of movement and stay-at-home orders, the reliance on digital platforms as alternatives for delivering assistance during the Pandemic has intensified significantly, especially in the Health and Fitness and Shopping sector.
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Tuned.