The National Health & Fitness Alliance (NHFA) is working with individuals, business owners, and community partners in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to help pass the GYMS Act (H.R. 890/S.1613). The bill would provide federal grants to fitness facilities across the country struggling to recover from state-ordered closures and operating restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This bill establishes a grant program to provide economic support to eligible fitness facilities in response to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.
Specifically, the bill authorizes the Small Business Administration to make initial and supplemental grants to privately owned fitness facilities that primarily provide health or fitness services and that do not offer golf, hunting, sailing, or riding facilities. The total amount of grant funds for a recipient may not exceed $25 million, and the recipient must use these funds for payroll costs, rent or mortgage obligations, and other ordinary and necessary business expenses.
Even though both restaurants and gyms are both considered "super spreader" locations, only restaurants were given targeted funding to aid in recovery.
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