A Personal Anecdote About Vaccine Mandates

My gym recently adopted a vaccine mandate two weeks ago–you have to show your vaccination card (which is then entered in their system, so you don’t have to bring it every time) to gain entry. I’ve noticed some changes in people who use the gym at the same time I do.

One caveat is that I find there are weeks where attendance is low, so, of course, this shouldn’t be taken as remotely comprehensive or statistically robust, merely a personal observation.

Anyway, the gym doesn’t seem that less crowded: the total number of people is a bit fewer, but not by much. What I have seen though is that the people who make me a little nervous–those who don’t like to wear their masks and try to have them on and fully covering their mouth and nose as little as possible–haven’t been around at all. In other words, the people I stay away from because they were assholes about masking (and other related behaviors) seem to have been excluded by the mask mandate. There also seem to be a couple of people I didn’t think were unvaccinated who have gone missing, though, like I said, there are obviously other explanations for a couple of people not showing up for two weeks.

Seems like a vaccine requirement–and note this is not a D.C. mandate, simply the gym’s own policy–doesn’t really affect their business and gets rid of a few assholes.

Win-win if you will.

And yes, D.C. should have more vaccination requirements for non-essential businesses.

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3 Responses to A Personal Anecdote About Vaccine Mandates

  1. This is a good point and makes sense. While I by no means trust that vaccine mandates are a guarantee of safety, because it’s not a guarantee, it does seem like a vaccine mandate could be a proxy for people who are generally somewhat less outrageously reckless.
    Ideally I think gyms should post live info of ventilation via co2 level monitoring, and should have HEPA air filters visibly operating in the room. Such essential community health services should have public investment to make this happen since gyms are really a healthcare service and making them safe and affordable and widely accessible would pay off for our society in the long run.

  2. Ten Bears says:

    That there was incentive to begin with ~ for the past ten years I’ve been telling myself that forty years (and more) of lifting weights is enough ~ is moot: the Friday March 13th closure of the local Y gave me opportunity to do so. Developed a fairly simple walking with weights routine, 5 miles two or three times a week, few pushups, few pullups, some stretches. Technically not “lifting” weights, though I guess technically it is ~ I suppose that’s a Zen thing (or not). Not to mention the dawn chorus.

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