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Local gym owners react to ongoing closure

Governor Tate Reeves continues to loosen some restrictions across the state but some businesses, like gyms, must stay closed.

Posted: May 5, 2020 10:33 PM

Tupelo, Miss. (WTVA) - The owners at Premiere Fitness say they are ready to open but they're trying their best to be patient. 

“When things get back to normal, or close to normal, and we’re able to open, the doors will be open," said Chris Beckish.

Premiere Athletix and Premiere Lady closed 7 weeks ago but they hope opening day for them will come soon.

“Businesses that cannot sustain person to person contact. Salons, gyms, clubs..." said Governor Tate Reeves in a news conference last week, remain closed.

Gym owners, Chris and his wife Kristi Beckish, posted their frustration on social media.

“It just seems like a select few are being left behind and a post was made on facebook and it certainly has taken off," explained Chris Beckish. 

Several people agreed, commented on the post and shared it more than 200 times. 

The owners said they don't agree with the restrictions but said they would not defy the Governor’s order.

“Kristi and I decided that getting open was not the best thing to do for the safety of our members and the integrity of our business. If the governor says you can’t open, then by golly you probably better not get open," said Chris Beckish. 

In the meantime, the company is making improvements to the gym.

Along with increasing safety and sanitary measures for when members finally return.

“The first course of action is to put our safety plan in line, so when our members come in they know what our expectations are, able to see what we the owners of the facility are expecting of them. Certainly, hoping that they don’t come in with an elevated temperature. Whatever we have to do, we will do," added Chris.

Premiere offers a new workout option for members to use away from the gym, and it's free. 

“We’ve been able to engage our members and customers with personal training workouts ,1 on 1 workouts online," said added Chris. 

Chris and Kristi Beckish have faith the gym will survive.

“Through all the obstacles that life brings, you’ve got to stick together. Premiere is going to stand together and we will rise. We will come back stronger than before," added Kristi. 

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 813481

Reported Deaths: 15179
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139971910
Mobile722271323
Madison51970686
Shelby37279341
Baldwin37069540
Tuscaloosa34934599
Montgomery33953725
Lee23142240
Calhoun22142470
Morgan20639372
Etowah19758496
Marshall18245300
Houston17302405
St. Clair15912337
Cullman15306290
Limestone15202198
Elmore15075284
Lauderdale14143294
Talladega13715272
DeKalb12569259
Walker11085366
Blount10094174
Autauga9893146
Jackson9789180
Coffee9182189
Dale8859181
Colbert8789200
Tallapoosa7044195
Escambia6732127
Covington6682179
Chilton6587160
Russell625958
Franklin5930105
Chambers5559142
Marion4955126
Dallas4882199
Clarke472782
Pike4719105
Geneva4564126
Winston4473101
Lawrence4264117
Bibb421686
Barbour355475
Marengo334089
Monroe330262
Randolph327063
Butler324794
Pickens313882
Henry310965
Hale309187
Cherokee299957
Fayette290679
Washington250951
Cleburne246958
Crenshaw243575
Clay240367
Macon230562
Lamar215846
Conecuh185652
Coosa178538
Lowndes173761
Wilcox167438
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131038
Greene125544
Choctaw86927
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A cold front passing through our area overnight will bring into our area some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far. We will see most of the highs this weekend only in the upper 60s to lower 70s. While overnight lows will drop off down into the 40s Saturday night.
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