Now that businesses are consider people by the Supreme Court, it may be time to revisit this if municipalities are charging for or denying park use to fitness businesses. Not charging a fee to some, but charging a fee to others? Restricting the use to some citizens? It is an open can of worms, but why let only the big corporations take advantage of the ruling?
Good question! The issue is one that instructors need to thoroughly examine.
Instructors may take Michael’ view…’look at all this space…no reason I can’t have a class outside’!
Well…there are a few problems:
A) Parks and beaches are not private property for instructors’ classes. The
public should have the ability to use these areas unless an event was
planned. Which lead to this point:
B) Do instructors ask for permission to use this area? The case I read about
made it appear that the instructor just brought the class into the park and
picked an area that ‘looked good’. What if the park had an
event already scheduled? Will the ‘impromptu class’ move? Where will it
C) Here’s the BIG issue…what happens if someone is injured during the
class? Is the park included in any lawsuit? (if it was in a fitness facility the
facility could be held liable).
A lot of issues pop up in this situation.
As they say…food for thought.