Fitness industry set for long road back into financial shape
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 6:43 p.m., Sept. 9) — Getting fit just got harder during a pandemic when everyone is stuck at home, but as fitness centers finally reopened this month, gyms are banking on the Filipino’s enduring desire to remain healthy to get back in financial shape.
Similar with toning muscles however, the recovery process will be long and difficult with movement restrictions still in place. Hand sanitizers and temperature checks would be a common feature in gyms, while group classes would have to wait until the government allows them back, too.
For returning patrons, scheduling workouts ahead will become a norm. At Anytime Fitness, the country’s largest gym franchise with 136 branches nationwide, disinfection of gym equipment would also be done every 2 hours. Face masks must also be worn when entering establishments, but due to health risks,
President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. (Aug. 8)
Kentucky, like most states, has opted into a new federal program offering a $300 supplement to weekly unemployment payments.
Kentucky leaders have decided to raise that amount to $400, bringing the amount closer to the now-expired $600 federal supplement that was a critical lifeline as COVID-19 left many without a paycheck.
As the state begins to issue the new $400 supplement, here are answers to some common question:
What is the $400 supplement?
President Donald Trump authorized the supplemental payments to weekly unemployment benefits Aug. 8 by an executive memorandum.
The $400 replaces the $600 weekly supplement Congress passed in March as part of the CARES Act.
As the $600 payments expired in late July, Democrats pushed to