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ALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says gyms are now allowed to open as soon as August 24.
Part of the guidelines Cuomo issued was that masks must be worn at all times, and gyms can only allow 33% of its normal capacity at one time.
Cuomo mentioned the facilities must have HVAC systems with MERV-13 filters, which is the same sort of filtration malls needed before they opened.
Cuomo also said that gyms must be inspected by localities within two weeks after opening to see if they meet all health requirements. It will also be up to localities to determine if a gym can hold indoor classes or not.
When it comes to the daily COVID-19 numbers, Cuomo said New York State has been averaging a positive percentage rate of 1% or under daily since June, and for the tenth straight day, the positive percentage is under 1%. Sunday, the number was 0.71%.
New York State currently has one of the lowest infection rates in the country.
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