Some Austin Gyms Making Masks Optional for Clients

AUSTIN, Texas – Masks are no longer required across Texas after Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate on March 10. Several Austin gyms, such as 24 Hour Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, and Gold’s Gym, are now giving their members the option of not wearing masks.

“One part of the club requires masks and another part of the club doesn’t require masks but is recommended,” said OJ Stevenson, general manager of 24 Hour Fitness in Central Austin.

On the first day after the mask mandate ended, Stevenson said that most of their members continued to wear their masks, while some people in the gym’s optional mask zones refused to do so.

“I saw it happened after Christmas, Thanksgiving, quite an upswing,” said Dr. Dirk Parvus, member of 24 Hour Fitness. “A lot of people are now on the spring break. There isn’t a lot of social distancing. I would hate to see another climb come back because I think it’s not over yet. ”

As a doctor for 35 years, Parvus has spent most of his life focusing on his health. He says he has to exercise several times a week. He is one of the members who decided to keep his mask for the duration of his training.

With less than 10% of the Texan population fully vaccinated, he says he will keep his mask for the time being. As an emergency doctor, he has seen the reality of COVID-19 firsthand and encourages everyone to follow the same practice.

“It’s that simple and it can make a difference. It put the brakes on the whole pandemic, so why not? It’s a very powerful tool, ”he said.

Below is a list of Austin gyms that still require masks:

  • 1 world karate
  • Austin Bouldering Project
  • Austin Kung Fu
  • Austin just fit
  • Black swan yoga
  • Brass ovaries
  • Breathing and body yoga
  • Castle Hill Fitness
  • Crux climbing center
  • Dancers shape fitness
  • Delivered to Go Dance Studio
  • Hyde Park Gym
  • Orange theory
  • Pilates Island Studio
  • Planet Fitness
  • Todd Pilates & Barre
  • Wellsport Austin
  • YMCA from Austin
  • YTX Austin

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