EN: From November 2nd on, we must, unfortunately according to Merkel’s legal guidelines close our fitness studios. We are very sorry. We do not accept this decision and will therefore use all measures possible to appeal.
12 million voters train in 8800 fitness studios in Germany for their physical and general well-being, as well as 240,000 employees work there to provide for their families. And we have to close unnecessarily,even though there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19? We do not understand because there is no scientific evidence. All figures and facts point otherwise.
We hope for your support and solidarity in the coming Corona months!
A sign of frustration that is best compared to a cup of coffee that gets fuller to the brim. This fitness studio, where this sign was located, is not the only place that is facing the brunt of the shutdown due to the Covid-19 epidemic, let alone the fitness sector. Other sectors have had to express their frustration over the “senselessness” of the closures without having done the research on how Covid-19 is being transmitted and where people can easily be infected by it. This includes the eatery and hotel sectors, the entertainment and events sectors, and even the vendors who had hoped for at least some business during the time of the Christmas market but had to fold when they were cancelled due to the dangers of being infected.
It’s a sign that the patience is running extremely thin, while others have lost them and have either given up on their business or are looking for channels to vent out their frustrations and find ways to make their voices heard.
Upon seeing this sign, one of the first reactions was that the owner is probably looking forward to next year’s federal elections and will take his anger out by voting for the party that was opposed to the lockdown to begin with. There are two parties that have indeed put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition to scale back and let the businesses run despite the epidemic: the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) and the FDP (Free Democrats). The elections are scheduled to take place in September 2021 and even though Merkel is expected to retire from politics and has announced she is stepping down, her political party CDU and its coalition partner SPD will be put to the test in the face of voters whose mixture of reactions consists of those who are satisfied with the Corona policies and those who are not.
And this takes us to the current situation: With the number of daily infections still steady at between 12,000 and 18,000 since the November 2nd Lockdown Light, the restrictions are expected to be extended into January, with the exception of Christmas time, where families can still celebrate but under certain guidelines. Information can be found here.
And with that comes the race between patience and aggression. The vaccines are being made available but with 82 million residents in Germany, the innoculation will last a year, as with the restrictions even though they may be lifted by next spring. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory as well as possible restrictions of businesses, including this fitness studio.
And that may be the last drop that sends the coffee over the rim.
We know the frustration but imagine if you have 30 customers coming a day during the epidemic under normal conditions and next year you lose a third of them to Covid-19, and with that a third of your yearly profit…..