Oceanside gym owner outraged with Gavin Newsom’s failure to follow the science
OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – California continues to lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to reopening, and business owners from various industries are outraged with Governor Gavin Newsom’s leadership.
California is the only state continuing to ban weddings, gyms, indoor dining, and until a few days ago, youth sports.
California’s leadership continues to say they are following the science, but to many people struggling to survive financially, it is frustrating to see the rest of the country so much farther ahead in the reopening process.
In order to stay open business owners like Louis Uridel, the owner of Metroflex Gym in Oceanside, had to spend thousands of dollars on safety equipment, and he is not alone.
Uridel is lucky because his gym is also a wellness center, so he is able to remain open indoors in some capacity, but the outrage and frustration around Newsom’s overreaching regulations remains.
KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez visited Uridel at Metroflex Gym to share his frustrations with Governor Newsom’s leadership throughout the coronavirus pandemic live on Good Morning San Diego.
Uridel called out Newsom explaining, “this was never about safety. This was never about protecting people, we didn’t have any data or science at the beginning of this, because there’s no data. So we were just kind of listening to what the governor said. As data started accumulating, it became more and more clear that this was about politics, politics, politics.”
Uridel went on to explain that the data we have now, shows gyms are not places where coronavirus is spread.
But despite the data confirming gyms to be safe, Governor Gavin Newsom is still banning them from opening their indoor operations. Uridel explained, “.4% of all cases that have been reported have come from gyms, that’s the lowest of any business. We have had over 100,000 visitors come through here since May and there’s been not one reported case.”
Uridel doesn’t force his customers to wear masks, he gives them the option to do so if they want to. Uridel said it “isn’t his job” to harass customers who don’t want to wear a mask.
During the 9:00 hour of Good Morning San Diego, Uridel emphasized the fact that gyms make people healthier, and healthier people have less risk to coronavirus.
Uridel said a lot of his customers are veterans suffering from PTSD, and former drug addicts, who use the gym as therapy, only to have Governor Newsom take that away from them in the name of public health.
During the 7:00 AM hour of Good Morning San Diego, Uridel explained all the new protocols he has had to implement to adhere to Governor Newsom’s regulations: