Letter to the editor: Don’t call health clubs essential

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Don’t call health clubs essential

A recent letter to the editor concerning health clubs did have one point correct, this pandemic is having an impact on everyone’s mental health. I do question the need to place health clubs as essential to solving problems and deserving of state funds compared to other small businesses that will not receive these funds due to their timing.

If health clubs are essential, what percent of the total population do they serve, 10%-20%-30% to warrant essential? How are they more essential than are schools or churches that are experiencing financial difficulties? Schools service a higher percentage of the population and many of these kids that cannot have in-person contact may be experiencing the same mental issues as those adults who may or may not need a health club to unwind.

If Colorado is such a great place to live and offers many activities like walking, bike riding, etc., can’t this be an avenue to relieve stress other than paying for a health club and the state bailing them out with additional funds? I agree small businesses are hurting due to pandemic but to call health clubs essential doesn’t fit into my priorities.

Dave Usechek

Parker

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