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Local Gym Owner Says Coronavirus And Shutdown Orders Have His Business On The Ropes

Ben Heal: "It's unbelievable to me how small businesses have been affected by this. We're the ones who have been protecting clients and keeping our businesses clean the entire time."
Jerry Kenney
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Ben Heal: "It's unbelievable to me how small businesses have been affected by this. We're the ones who have been protecting clients and keeping our businesses clean the entire time."

Ohio gyms, fitness and athletic centers have been open for a little over a month now, after being ordered closed by state officials concerned about COVID-19.

When state officials allowed gyms and fitness facilities to reopen on May 26, they issued several requirements on sanitization and social distancing.

Ben Heal, owner of Frequency Fitness in Kettering, says those in his industry have always operated under those guidelines.

“We keep things clean and we can provide you with a safe environment to work out," he says.

Heal says he started off hopeful as clients returned after reopening. But now that the number of COVID cases is increasing, his clients are cancelling their appointments again.

“A lot of folks haven't returned because they are either furloughed, laid off, have lost their position entirely, or some of my elderly clients, or compromised clients just don't want to come back out and deal with being around other people because they're extremely afraid that they're going to obtain this virus.” 

The owner/trainer says he’s angry that businesses like his were forced to close,  while “big box” stores and liquor stores were allowed to stay open.

Heal says his industry has suffered as a result. He urges people who are venturing back out to support local businesses in their community.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.