Are Gyms Dead? Currently by order of the Governor of Virginia, gyms and fitness centers are closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But given what the world currently knows about COVID-19, will gyms ever be the same again? As shown in the Newsleader, many area gyms are feeling the impact financially of not allowing users use their equipment. Many gyms are, the article says, “holding zoom classes, rending equipment out, lowering the cost of memberships and more.