Another New Jersey business is prepared to permanently close its doors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 23,000 lives in New Jersey.

Gold’s Gym in Howell is set to close March 25, according to a Facebook post made by owner Mark Steinfield Friday evening.

“Unfortunately, it saddens me to say Gold’s Gym Howell has become another casualty,” Steinfield said about the pandemic’s impact on business.

The gym has been part of the Howell community for 32 years, Steinfield said.

Gyms were among the businesses shuttered during a shutdown of non-essential business in New Jersey last March, which was lifted on September 1, when gyms were able to reopen at 25{98cae0078f524eff3ab8ec32cf55b261677ef6c8a6ed6e94d92a4234b93f46b6} capacity.

That was not enough to keep this business afloat.

“After six months of government-mandated shutdown and six months of stifling restrictions, we are faced with the harsh reality that keeping Gold’s Gym operating is no longer sustainable,” Steinfield said.

A prorated adjustment will be made to customers accounts to make up for the loss in services next month. The closest Gold’s Gym branch is in Long Branch and customers can transfer their memberships over, Steinfield said.

The Howell Gold’s Gym joins a long list of New Jersey businesses forced to make the painfully hard decision to close over the last year. Nearly a third of New Jersey small businesses shuttered by the end of 2020.

“I can’t thank you enough for 32 fantastic years and I hope we have been a positive influence for all of you,” Steinfield said.

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