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San Francisco gym owners furious after finding out government buildings have kept their gyms open


“For me, but not for thee,” appears to be the mantra in San Francisco, as gyms within government buildings have remained open while privately-owned establishments were forced to shutter over coronavirus concerns.

Gym owners in one of America’s most progressive cities are expressing their disgust at the local government, who seemingly get to play by a different set of rules.

“It’s shocking, it’s infuriating,” Daniele Rabkin, of Crossfit Golden Gate, told NBC Bay Area. “Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking.”

The Hall of Justice gym, which is located in a government facility, has primarily been open to facilitate the fitness needs of officers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals.

However, it is unknown why judges, paralegals and lawyers would need to stay fit in the same manner as police officers, as they are not required to go “hands-on” in the course of their duties.

“It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to do,” said Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness.

Needless to say, the dubious practice has opened a new can of worms.

“What the city has [unwittingly] done is created this great case study that says that working out indoors is actually safe,” Karraker added. “So, at this point, we’re just demanding that they allow us to have the same workout privileges for the citizens of San Francisco that the employees of San Francisco have.”

The news comes after reports about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi broke, detailing her private salon sessions at a time when other people are not permitted to go.

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