HARRISBURG – The PA House Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill that would pump new life back into the state’s hard-hit fitness industry. House Bill 1438 would establish a COVID-19 recovery grant program for gyms, spas, dance studios, and other fitness related businesses brought to a standstill by the pandemic. Under the bill, sponsored by Erie County Rep. Bob Merski, the COVID-19 Community Fitness Business Grant Program would allow fitness-related businesses with less than $1 million in annual gross receipts to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help cover losses. Businesses would need to provide proof of losses and a plan for how the money will be used. The measure now heads to the full PA House for consideration.

REP. BOB MERSKI