Some gyms and fitness centers in Tri-Cities announced this week they are now “wellness centers” and will stay open despite Washington state COVID-19 restrictions.
But at least one state official questioned if that’s allowed.
“Businesses cannot just immediately make up their own designations in response to actions by the state,” said Mike Faulk, deputy communications director for Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.
“What kind of business they are is determined when they get their permitting done,” he told the Herald. “A gym cannot just rebrand itself a ‘wellness center’ and assume that means they don’t have to follow the state’s appropriate health guidance.”
The latest state rules announced last Sunday call for fitness facilities across Washington to close indoor operations until Dec. 14 to slow soaring virus infections. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted, as long as they follow social gathering and distance…