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Coronavirus Forces Port Washington Gym To Close Permanently

PORT WASHINGTON, NY — A gym based in Port Washington will not reopen due to the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the facility’s website. NXT GEN Fitness and Performance Training, is a 14,000-square-foot performance training center. It offers programs for kids ages 5 and older as well as adults. Programs include Parisi […]

PORT WASHINGTON, NY — A gym based in Port Washington will not reopen due to the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the facility’s website.

NXT GEN Fitness and Performance Training, is a 14,000-square-foot performance training center. It offers programs for kids ages 5 and older as well as adults. Programs include Parisi Speed School, Training For Warriors and CrossFit.

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the center said it would not reopen for business.

“With the support of our incredible coaches, wonderful members and the local community, we have been fortunate to be able to deliver on our mission” for the last several years, the website reads. “With much sadness, we must advise you that due to the impact of the Covid-19 shutdown, NXT GEN will not be reopening.”

Members of the gym with pre-paid fees can seek a refund. NXT GEN has also made arrangements to transfer account balances to Power 10 Fitness, The Training Station or Bar Beach CrossFit if members wish to help support other Port Washington businesses.

Messages seeking comment from the center were not immediately returned Tuesday.

The gym, established in 2013, featured an indoor turf and offered group workouts and sports-specific training programs. It is one of thousands of Long Island businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the county-wide lockdown implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus.

In Port Washington alone, hundreds of small businesses received thousands of dollars in federal assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program, created to help companies continue paying workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Port Washington saw 114 loans taken out of at least $150,000 and 747 loans taken out of below that amount. These companies indicated that a total of 6,212 jobs would be retained through these funds.

It wasn’t immediately clear if NXT GEN received a PPP loan. The business was not listed among those that received more than $150,000, but those that received less than that amount were not named.

A recent survey by Hofstra University also showed that close to half of businesses in Long Island laid off workers over the course of the ongoing pandemic. According to the survey results, 37 percent of the approximately 1,3000 businesses surveyed said they are bringing back all workers after the stay-at-home order is lifted for their industry, and 36 could not yet determine if they will. A full 70 percent of companies said that the impact of COVID-19 was worse than expected from two months ago.

As of July 6, Nassau County has seen a total of 42,031 positive cases of COVID-19 and 2,186 virus-related deaths. There have been 256 cases in Port Washington alone.

This article originally appeared on the Port Washington Patch

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