Over 60 of America’s top fitness industry leaders signed an open letter calling on all U.S. state governors to allow gyms to remain open safely as states take action to curb the COVID-19 crisis.

The letter cites specific science-backed evidence that gyms are not the culprit when it comes to spikes in COVID-19 cases, in part due to their strong safety and sanitation protocols as they reopen. It also advocates for the mental and physical health benefits of exercising, particularly the maintenance of a healthy immune system.

The full text of the letter, officially issued by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), can be found here.

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