Willoughby Gymnasium and Mentor Area Lounge making a strong comeback after COVID-19 closures

Life got more complicated in many ways in Northeast Ohio when the novel coronavirus emerged as a public health crisis in March 2020.

Among other things, it became more difficult for people to keep their hair looking good and their bodies in top physical condition.

For approximately two months in 2020, the Ohio Department of Health ordered salons, barbershops, and related businesses to close due to health and safety risks posed by COVID-19. A similar ODH directive also forced the closure of gyms, health clubs and the like.

It has been more than two years since ODH issued a separate statement giving these same categories of businesses the go-ahead to reopen.

The News-Herald recently interviewed the owners of a Willoughby gym and Mentor-area hair salon to learn more about how they successfully recovered from extended business closures during the early part of the COVID-19 crisis.

Ohio Sports and Fitness

Ohio Sports and Fitness owner Frank Desico said he vividly remembers what went through his mind late in the afternoon on March 16, 2020.

Specifically, he recalled his thoughts as he pulled out of the parking lot of his gym, located on Biltmore Place in Willoughby. She was heading home for the night after hearing earlier in the evening that the state was ordering gyms and related businesses in Ohio to close until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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