Gyms in New York, which have remained shuttered for months even as the state made progress in fighting the coronavirus, will be allowed to open again as soon as Aug. 24, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday.
Mr. Cuomo’s announcement came with several caveats: Gyms will be limited to a third of their total capacity, people will be required to wear masks inside and local governments will need to inspect facilities to make sure they meet reopening requirements before they are allowed to reopen. Local governments can also stop gyms in their jurisdictions from holding indoor classes, Mr. Cuomo said.
But the decision marked a significant step forward in the state’s return to the pre-pandemic status quo, even as officials have grown concerned about a second wave of the virus.
Gyms and fitness centers have been closed in New York City since March 16, and statewide since March 22. Even as the entire state has moved into the fourth and final stage of Mr. Cuomo’s reopening plan, officials ordered gyms to remain shut over concerns that the virus could spread more easily in them.