From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The owner of a gym in Trussville responded to Governor Kay Ivey’s Safer at Home Order, outlining why he feels his business could operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, May 2, Andrew Rape, the owner of CrossFit Trussville, posted a video message pleading with state leaders to allow gyms to reopen.
“I’ve already written letters, but I’m here to give perspective and notice to the governor of our state,” Rape said. “Representing my businesses, myself and other small businesses like us, through this video.”
In the post on Facebook, Rape explained how gyms like his are able to follow CDC guidelines.
“Our service is the prevention of metabolic disease, the protection, health, and well-being of our members,” said Rape. “It is essential we are no longer handcuffed.”
Rape said he has spoken with local leaders and hopes the governor will reconsider limits on facilities similar to his.
“We are forced to only conduct outdoor classes,” Rape posted on Facebook. “Governor Ivey, let us move indoors to provide a proper service. Change the language immediately. We are your ally.”
A state health order closed public fitness centers to the public in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. Ivey amended the order on April 28, relaxing some regulations for businesses. However, restrictions were not changed for gyms, hair salons, barbershops, theaters, night clubs, bowling alleys, restaurants or tattoo services.
In the video, Rape said CrossFit Trussville would be able to make changes in order to continue essential operations.
“Let us make the positive impact in our community they crave,” said Rape. “Put us back on the front lines, we are ready.”
The city of Trussville gave notice to another gym on Friday, May 1, after The Gym in Trussville invited clients to workout.
The full video by Andrew Rape can be viewed below.