UNDERGROUND GYMS Emerge in U.S. Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

UNDERGROUND GYMS Emerge in U.S. Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

UNDERGROUND GYMS Emerge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
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Some people in the United States have turned to a prohibited style of doing business. The restrictions brought by the Coronavirus pandemic have prompted them to operate underground gyms.

Oddee reported that a number of underground gyms are showing up all over the country. The phenomenon is similar to the creation of speakeasy, an illegal bar that emerged when the U.S. banned alcohol between 1920 and 1933.

According to Jeffrey Miron, an economist at the Harvard University, illegal gyms were more or less inevitable. He said prohibitions do not eliminate things. In fact, they drive them underground.

He also explained that as the health crisis pushes gyms into the shadows, quality control goes down in equal measure.

“When you drive something underground, your ability to regulate it goes away,” Miron shared.

For example, owners may rack up membership fees since people had no other place to go. Poor quality of related products may also be sold at exorbitant prices.

UNDERGROUND GYMS Emerge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
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In addition, the underground business puts more people at risk of contracting COVID-19, as they crowd into the small, poor ventilated workout spaces. Ironically, this increases the need for more stringent quarantine measures.

When asked about ways how to solve the emergence of underground gyms, the economist said he can only note the pattern of the activity due to absence of further studies.

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