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Gym owners in San Francisco are furious after discovering that, while they have been closed for months due to Democrat-imposed COVID-19 restrictions, gyms in government buildings have been open all along.
“It’s shocking, it’s infuriating,” Daniele Rabkin, of Crossfit Golden Gate, NBC Bay Area reported. “Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking.”
Rabkin says she’s done everything she can to keep her business open during the pandemic and Newsom’s endless coronavirus-mandated business closures.
She appears to have discovered the hypocrisy by accident. NBC Bay Area reported that at one point, Rabkin reached out to a couple of San Francisco police officers in the neighborhood that she knows to inquire whether they needed someplace to work out since the gym at their station was allegedly closed.
But in a text exchange, Rabkin discovered that the officers did indeed have access to the SFPD Northern District Police Station gym. Furthermore, police said last week that coronavirus protocols including sanitization and occupancy limits have been implemented for department gyms.
“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,” Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness, told the station.
That said, Karraker noted that the discovery may have actually been advantageous.
“What the city has unwillingly done is created this great case study that says that working out indoors is actually safe,” he said. “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.”
But gyms for police officers aren’t the only government facilities open to city workers.
NBC Bay Area reported that a sign at the Hall of Justice gym dated July 1 lays out social-distancing and other rules for workers which would include paralegals, bailiffs, lawyers, and judges.
The station reached out to Mayor London Breed’s office for a comment, but reporters were simply told that her coronavirus order mandates that private gyms must remain closed at least until the end of September.
The public-private gym speciousness comes on the heels of a similar type of scandal involving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who represents San Francisco.
Last week, Fox News exclusively obtained surveillance video of Pelosi getting her hair done in a private salon that has also been closed by state and city orders due to coronavirus.
According to Erica Kious, the owner of eSalon, a stylist who rents a chair from her texted Sunday evening to tell her “Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”
“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious told Fox News.
“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” she said, adding that Pelosi wasn’t wearing a mask, either — also a requirement in the city.
“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right? It is just disturbing.”
Pelosi would later claim that she was set up, though even if true, it would not negate the fact that she was engaging in a commercial activity that is banned by Breed.
Other gym owners are angry about perpetual lockdowns, while some have defied state and local shutdown orders, including New Jersey gym co-owners Frank Trumbetti, 51, and Ian Smith, 33, who have been arrested for defying Gov. Phil Murphey’s (D) order.
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