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Petition created to push for gymnastic centers to reopen

Posted at 11:21 PM, Sep 16, 2020

Central Coast Gymnastics and several other gyms in California have created a petition pushing for gymnastic centers to be able to reopen.

The Change.org petition can be viewed here. It's a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, asking him to reopen and reclassify California gymnastics centers.

According to the letter, they specifically want to distinguish between youth gymnastics training facilities and gym/fitness training facilities.

The owner of Central Coast Gymnastics, Mimi McKellar, said gymnastics are naturally socially-distanced, being a non-contact sport.

According to the owner, the gym is usually empty many hours of the day because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said only a sixth of their students are allowed inside the gym for team training camps.

"Basically, our biggest challenge right now is we are trying to operate on a loss," McKellar said. "We are not making enough income to cover everything, even with all the cuts and everything we've done and eliminated. The only other option would be to close down and kick all of the competitive athletes out."

On Sept. 19, Central Coast Gymnastics is hosting a drive-by celebration in the parking lot of Central Coast Gymnastics from 1:30-2:15 p.m. The flyer for the event said this is an opportunity to visit with staff and coaches.