Fitness Industry Shutdown Punishes RivCo’s Less Affluent

For people with resources and larger living spaces, home gyms are practical — not so for apartment dwellers on tight budgets.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Ryan Gallagher owns eight Planet Fitness franchises in Riverside County, and for the third time since March he’s had to lay off 120 employees.

The latest lay-off came this week when state officials announced that Riverside County was moved back into the state’s most restrictive “purple tier” to prevent further coronavirus spread. The news impacted several industries. For gyms and fitness centers, it means all operations must move outdoors or close.

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