Guidelines to reopen St. Louis County gyms expected Friday

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – A man representing some 40 gyms in St. Louis County worries gym owners could go rogue if the county does not set the right date for them to reopen. They want that date to be soon. St. Louis County health officials hope to tell gym owners this week when they can reopen.

“Things could spiral out of control and people start to open the doors on their own,” said Ted Theodoropoulos.

Theodoropoulos owns three Burn Boot Camp locations. He and other gym owners went to the county building in Clayton to meet with health leaders and County Executive Sam Page. Page joined the meeting by Zoom for about 15 minutes.

“He (Page) said that asking for a date was perfectly reasonable and we should accommodate that,” said Theodoropoulos.

But no date was given. Gym owners expect to find out Friday. They feel they’re way down the priority lists of businesses reopening at a time when they are being badly wounded economically.

Chelsea Theodoropoulos co-owns the gyms with her husband. She said, “It’s devastating. The fitness industry is taking a hit 1,000 percent.”

“They desperately need capital and they’re hemorrhaging members. Every day that passes is a day closer that somebody could go out of business,” said Ted Theodoropoulos.

If gym people are not happy with the reopening date they could go the way of House of Pain and open without approval.

Sam Page’s spokesman said gym owners will find out a date for reopening Friday.

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