Reopen the Economy
Petition to Oregon's Governor, Kate Brown, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden
Let Private Gyms in Oregon Re-Open Now
Dear Governor Brown, Senator Merkley, Senator Wyden, Congresswoman Bonamici, and Mayor Wheeler, My name is Tony Gracia, and my wife and I are co-owners of a small business located in Portland, OR. The name of our business is Industrial Strength, and we provide fitness coaching and martial arts instruction to our members. Operationally we function by appointment only, and do both 1:1 personal training and small group classes. To clarify, we are not open to the public and do not operate in such a way that people come and go as they please; we are exclusively by appointment (including classes, which must be reserved ahead of time and have a maximum capacity). I am writing you in hopes of conveying two points: 1. As of now it seems as if all types of gyms and fitness studios are lumped together in Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-12, and I would like to make a case that large “health clubs” (like 24 Hour Fitness or L.A. Fitness) and small private facilities like mine are operationally different, and should be treated separately with regard to being allowed to operate / re-open. 2. I am concerned that there are some inconsistencies in the way that different businesses are being treated, including which ones are allowed to stay operational and which ones have been ordered to cease operations. I will cite specific examples later on to help clarify exactly what I mean. I know all of you value fairness and equality amongst all Oregonians, and with that in mind I hope you share my concern about these inconsistencies. Regarding item #1, I would like to suggest that small fitness facilities like mine can offer 1:1 personal training by appointment just as safely as any other appointment-based service, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, or dentistry. In fact, I believe that there is a strong case that personal fitness training is actually safer for all parties than the above mentioned activities, because the nature of the aforementioned services is most often “hands on” where the service provider comes into physical contact with the patient, as opposed to personal training which is almost always “hands off” and the instructor can easily maintain physical distance from their trainee. In an appointment-only setting it is easy to manage what equipment is used by each trainee to ensure no cross-contamination, and to disinfect all equipment used by the trainee before they exit the premises and the next appointment arrives. Additionally, when operating by-appointment-only it is easy to manage the number of people in the facility at any given time (including setting limits on how many appointments can being going on simultaneously), and to ensure that we comply with all guidelines set forth with regard to how much physical space to keep between individuals. What’s more, I would like to bring to your attention that while some exercise options do exist for people even without access to gyms (such as going for a walk), the options are limited and there are many people who do not have facilities or instruction that meets their health needs due to the closure of gyms like mine. For example, we work with a number of individuals whose doctors have diagnosed them with low bone density and are at high risk of bone fractures, which can be fatal in some circumstances. The most important treatment to help combat low bone density is strength training, particularly with weights heavy enough to challenge the muscles and bones so that they adapt and get stronger and more resilient. The majority of people, especially seniors, do not have these weights available to them in their homes, and are 100% reliant on gyms like mine for both access to the weights and also professional supervision to ensure they are training with the weights safely and effectively. If these individuals do not get access to our services soon, I am concerned that their physical strength and bone density may deteriorate to the point of it being life threatening. I know that a top priority of our public servants right now is to take care of the most vulnerable people in our population, and so I feel obliged to bring this to your attention, and in doing so I hope you consider modifying the current guidelines to make sure these vulnerable individuals have access to the facilities and instruction they require to stay healthy. Regarding item #2, I know that both the State of Oregon as well as the City of Portland pride themselves on fair and equal treatment of their respective residents and businesses, and so I would like to bring to your attention what appear to be some inconsistencies in the current regulations. Please refer to the article linked below for my first example. https://katu.com/sports/trail-blazers/portland-trail-blazers-to-reopen-practice-facility-for-voluntary-workouts-friday First, as you can see from the article it appears that the Portland Trail Blazers are opening up their practice facility starting tomorrow. I am absolutely a fan of the Trail Blazers, and even had partial season tickets at one point, and I think it is great that they are allowed to resume practice and continue their development. At the same time, I cannot help but notice the inconsistency that they will be doing their training and practices in a “gym,” and that it seems as if “gyms” should be closed under Governor Brown’s Executive Order. I am sure this was not intentionally meant to be a double standard, however it is concerning that one group would seem to be given certain permissions that are not extended to all Oregonians, and in the spirit of fairness and equality I hope some clarification can be provided. I would imagine that if they have in fact been given permission to re-open, that it is because they are a private facility that is not open to the public and they are in full control of who participates and can abide by certain safety protocols. Assuming that to be the case, I would ask that you circle back to point #1 that I made above, and please consider allowing all gyms that can operate in a similar manner to re-open effective immediately, since there is now precedent set for that with our beloved Trail Blazers and we want all Oregonians to be treated fairly and equally. One additional concern that I have with regard to inconsistency is that Governor Brown has set precedent that certain businesses must cease operations “to the extent that they are open without appointment” (quoted from Executive Order 20-12, page four, in reference to art galleries), but they seem to be permitted to operate on a by-appointment basis. My hope is that because Governor Brown has already made a distinction between businesses operating “by appointment” as compared to “open without appointment” that this same distinction be extended to all business that can operate by-appointment, and not just certain selected ones. With this in mind, I suggest that it would seem fair and consistent that gyms like mine would be allowed to re-open, at least on a by-appointment-only basis. I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this and consider my points. If you have any questions or would like to further discuss with me, please feel free to contact me (my contact information was provided to you directly by email). Yours in strength, -Tony Gracia
Petition to Honorable Governor Gavin Newsom, Honorable Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Honorable Senator Ben Allen
Protect Skateboard Retailers and Skateboarding As Essential Transportation During CoViD-19
This is an easy way to support skate shops. Skateboarding is a viable and essential mode of transportation to millions of people in California. It is also a critical connector to various modes of transit in the transportation sector. Similar to bicycles and bike shops, skateboarding and skate shops should be recognized by the state as an essential mode of transportation and essential businesses. We are requesting that the governor of California recognize skateboarding as a legitimate means of transportation and designate all California skate shops and related facilities as essential businesses during the CoViD-19 crisis.
Petition to Phil Murphy, Cory A. Booker, New Jersey State House, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Frank Pallone Jr., Donald J. Trump
Dog Grooming is an essential during virus lockdown
Dog Groomers should be essential through this crisis. We are no different from the Veterinary hospitals who are taking the pets in from the parking lots and having their clients video or call from their cars to speak with the doctors. Us groomers can do and already do the same thing. We can also take dogs from their owners in the parking lot. We take payments over the phone and will only be open for limited of hours. This is to help with the health and hygiene of these pets. If these dogs continue to get more matted and overgrown it will cause discomfort for the animal. It is also allergy season and most dogs suffer from seasonal allergies. Not being properly groomed can cause the allergies to irritate the dog even more because of hair growing in the eyes, ears, paws, etc. If this goes on through the summer many dogs will suffer and have health issues like ear infections, eye infections, skin infections, etc. Waiting too long to have a dog groomEd makes it more dangerous as well. The tighter the knots and tangles the more dangerous the process will be therefore, putting the dogs at more risk for injury. We are a huge part of who cares for these dogs and who brings attention to the owners if something is wrong with their pet. We need to be there for these dog owners and more importantly the dogs!
Petition to Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, Michigan Governor
Start Youth Baseball/Softball In Michigan
I would like to petition the Michigan State House, The Michigan State Senate, and the Governor's Office to safely re-open youth baseball/softball in Michigan. Many States have addressed youth sports and given specific dates. They have included careful guidelines/protocols to protect players, coaches, umpires, workers, etc. Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky are examples of States that have a reopening date(and careful guidelines) for youth sports. Auto factories, restaurants, and grocery stores are currently allowed to operate safely. We think that outdoor, non-contact sporting events like baseball/softball would be much less likely to spread the virus. We encourage government officials to not associate youth/softball baseball with college and pro sporting events, because the amount of social distancing is much more feasible at a baseball/softball tournament. We look forward to getting the kids on the field to play ball! Please sign the petition.
Petition to Governor Newsom, Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH, Dr. Christopher Fornitano, Randy Sawyer, Jake Hanson, Brandon Nunes, Wilma Wooten, Dr. Mark Ghaly
Open Pools for Regulated Lap Swimming in California
The pools in California should open for lap swimming by the beginning of June. Organized swimming is an integral part of our state, and swimming in general provides physical and mental health benefits that are critical for many of our members, especially during the summer. School is out shortly for most counties, and there will be many children who need outlets for safe exercise and participation in a sport that keeps them busy, grounded, and engaged with like-minded athletes and supervised by coaches. There are also many people, including those with disabilities, for whom swimming is their only safe form of exercise. It has been well established by the CDC that “there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.” Further, the effect of the chlorine does not stop at the water surface. Swimmers inhale above the water and exhale below, and any breathing that a swimmer does is through the nose or mouth, which have been effectively washed with chlorine. The majority of swim teams and pools have already planned for the safety of swimmers and coaches by following the CDC, OSHA, and USA Swimming guidelines, including the closure of locker rooms and mandatory social distancing. There is no shared equipment. Coaches are available on-site to monitor for compliance. The risk of transmission is improbable and less so than on a golf course, skate park, or tennis court. Pools on high school or university properties should be open even if schools are closed for classes. There is an enormous difference between many students in classrooms in close proximity and fewer kids or adults exercising in an outdoor environment with safety measures in place and supervision. This petition does not apply to public pools used by families for picnics and water play. It does not apply to teams that cannot accommodate appropriate distance and safety modifications for various reasons. It is limited to pools devoted exclusively toward regulated swimming until the health crisis abates.
Petition to Jay Inslee
Allow Washington State Escape Rooms to open in Phase 2.
We are the Association of Washington State Escape Rooms. We represent almost all Escapes rooms across Washington state (all family-owned businesses). Rewind: Back in March, we were one of the first industries to close down in efforts to "flatten the curve." Additionally, each business has spent thousands on COVID-19 sanitization materials and staff training. We have tried to work with the governor's office to show how unique our industry is, but recently the guidance we were allowed to follow has been withdrawn. This now pushes escape rooms to phase 4. Many of our members and owners will not survive to phase 4 and we believe we can provide a safe experience for all and a mental health "escape" that is desperately needed in these trying times. We are poised and ready to continue offering the safest possible entertainment experience anywhere. As an escape room business, our members have the ability to control every aspect of the customer experience. All of our businesses have already implemented the following: - Experiences are 100% private. - Group sizes are limited to small numbers and/or household members only. - Staff and customers are socially distant from one another 100% of the time. - Face coverings are worn by staff and customers 100% of the time. - Have extended periods between groups to thoroughly disinfect everything from the lobbies to the experiences. - GUARANTEE that no customers will EVER come into contact with another group during their stay with us. They will only see our socially distant staff. - Reinvented our waiver system to contactless which can be used for contact tracing if necessary. - Provide hand sanitizer to every customer. - Fans are encouraged to wash their hands before and after their experiences. - Many members have added additional precautions above and beyond these above. As small, family-owned businesses, we are able to do proper quality control and monitor every aspect of our processes meticulously. Large box stores, restaurants, indoor gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, drive-in theaters, etc. can't do this. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our experiences might disappear forever if the governor's office continues to ignore the uniqueness of our industry and the safe experiences we can provide. Help us send the following messages to Governor Inslee: 1. Escape rooms are a safe, secure, and a much needed venue. They should be allowed to open in Phase 2 of Washington's reopening plan. 2. The Association of Washington State Escape Rooms want to work with Inslee's office to develop specific guidance for escape rooms to follow during this pandemic.
Petition to Raymond Sandelli, John Manning, Frank Mann, Cecil L. Pendergrass, Brian Hamman
Allow Backyard Chickens in Lee County Florida
Backyard Chickens of Lee county is seeking to legalize Urban Chickens (hens only) for Lee county citizens. We strongly believe that the right to food and food security are 2 of the most important issues we face today as a society. https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00082 : States: Vegetable Gardens; Prohibiting local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties except as otherwise provided by law; specifying that such regulations are void and unenforceable, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019 Backyard Chickens of Lee county strongly believes that we need to legally have the right to more food security and urban chickens are a way to obtain just that! The City of Fort Myers and the City of Bonita Springs have their own backyard chicken ordinances that allow them if you live in those areas. Backyard Chickens of Lee County, Hereby petitions the Board of County Commissioners to Amend the Land Use Code to allow backyard chickens in all residential zoned areas of the county. Lifting the overburdening zoning restrictions on property owners and removing the governments interference on individual food security. Please sign our petition to support this important cause, and email your county commissioners to tell them that You Support Backyard Chickens in Lee County! Together we can achieve more freedom and food security!
Petition to Gavin Newsom
SAVE Outdoor Events in San Diego
Sign this petition today and send a message to our elected officials that San Diego's event industry should begin safe, phased reopening for outdoor community events and within the safety guidelines established by the San Diego Event Coalition's Proposed Guidelines. Due to Covid-19, the live event industry (including, but not limited to: Weddings, Concerts, Art Shows, Races) has been 100% shut down. For live events, either public or private, A PATH FORWARD CURRENTLY DOES NOT EXIST. Because of this, over 200,000 locals are out of work and without any hope! By adopting the San Diego Event Coalition Guidelines, we can begin recovery NOW and SAVE LIVE EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO! For more information about the San Diego Event Coalition or the proposed Guidelines for Safely Reopening Events in San Diego County, please visit: https://www.sandiegoeventcoalition.com/ Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/sdeventcoalition #saveliveevents