Even as a lot of activities have been permitted by the Odisha government during the unlocking of the lockdown restrictions, a lot of commercial establishments as well as gymnasiums continue to remain out of the purview of the process.
The All Odisha Gym Owners Association on Friday appealed the State government to reopen gyms which provide essential health service to combat Covid-19.
In a letter to the Odisha Chief Minister, the association claimed that the owners are facing hardships as gyms have been operational for only six months in the past 15 months.
The association in its letter has highlighted that the gym owners have invested huge money in procuring equipment, paid rent for the premises and maintained salary of trainers and other supporting staff during the crisis time.
“As the State government has declared Covid as a disaster, we as small entrepreneurs demand adequate compensation for the closure of gyms to meet financial losses,” said All Odisha Gym Owners Association President, Satyajit Dash.
The Association members said that already Covid-19 graph in the State is declining and hence the State government should consider the reopening of gyms.
Moreover, the gyms should not be considered as a place for social gatherings, rather those should be considered as essential health service provider especially in the current scenario.
The association has also placed several demands before the Odisha CM in its letter. Those include-
-Opening of gyms with immediate effect.
-Adequate compensation from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 15 lakh based on gym investment.
-Free electricity for one year.
-Include gym in essential health service.
-Government must ensure free/minimum interest loan facilities under MSME for gym industry.