Gov. Greg Abbott allowing gyms to open on May 18th, some owners are cautious

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BROWNSVILLE — Governor Gregg Abbott is moving forward with his plans to reopen Texas.

On May 18th, gyms can reopen, according to the governor.

“We were struggling to make ends meet and when covid-19 hits it becomes unbearable because there’s no way to face the expenses when there’s no money coming in,” said Roberto Espinoza.

 For over a month the doors at steel strength have been closed. He owns the strength training gym and to help his clients he’s loaned some equipment.

“Anyone that still wanted to be active and asked for it we loaned some equipment,” he said.

For many, opening workout facilities is good news but some owners are cautious.

“I come in contact with the people that are here and I and then I go home. That worries me as a father as a husband but then again business has to eventually come back to normal so how do you balance that act,” said the owner.

Since his gym has been closed he hasn’t charged his clients and is considering waiting to reopen.

“For a lot of us at home we’re struggling economically are you willing to pay a month fee where you’re not going to be able to take advantage of the whole month,” he said.

 There are restrictions, gloves must be worn; showers and locker rooms are closed. Also, all gyms must practice social distancing of at least six feet and equipment has to be wiped down after every use, Espinoza is still weighing his options.

“Put everything into perspective and how we are going to work with and has to do with also there’s not a lot of cleaning supplies at stores. We have to have enough in order for me to feel safe for my athletes,” he said.

Governor Abbott says workout facilities can reopen and operate under 25% capacity.

Espinoza tells us he’s reducing class sizes and reaching out to his clients to see if they are comfortable with reopening this month.

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