Re-opening Gyms as a Solution to Mental Health Crises During Lockdown Periods
“The government, both federal and state, talk about mental health budgets and helping with mental health – I think what would be great for that is letting a business like ours get our doors back open.” – David Ottobre.
With the rise in mental health concerns during the fourth lockdown, David Ottobre, the general manager of Enterprise Fitness, talks to Peta Credlin on Sky News about the importance of re-opening gyms in addressing the mental health crisis during lockdown periods. Check out the full video below:
Exercise has been one of the five reasons to leave the house during lockdown, and David Ottobre says that gyms are a place that promotes physical and mental health. Yet gyms continue to remain shut, even after restrictions have eased and many public places such as restaurants and shopping malls have been open.
“For a lot of people, we are that community in their life, we are what they look to for that positive health and wellbeing in their life so when we have to shut our doors every time, I see the pain it causes.
“I would say to any of the politicians, whether it be federal or state: Come and listen to us and see what we do. I think we’re part of the solution; we’re certainly not the problem.”
– David Ottobre