After-hours gyms will be able to stay open late with lifting of curfew

Judith J. Mercado

WORCESTER — Gyms and fitness clubs are on a long list of sectors of the economy forced to scramble due to the state’s changing COVID-19 regulations and restrictions.

Starting Monday, a mandatory 9:30 p.m. closing time for most businesses will be lifted in the state, which means several local gyms that offer late hours will be able to stay open again.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced the change last week, along with the lifting of an overnight stay-at-home advisory. The governor’s order restricting gathering capacity to 25% remains in effect for at least another two weeks.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a Boston-based trade group representing more than 200,000 gyms and fitness clubs globally, recently estimated that 15% of fitness clubs and studios have closed permanently as of Sept. 30, and that up to 25% of health clubs could close by the end of 2020. 

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