In Gov. Eric Holcombs five-phase plan to reopen Indiana, the latest step comes today when gyms and fitness facilities are allowed to reopen.
Exercise facilities in Indiana and throughout most of the country have been shut down for about two months because of concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, but owners and managers have worked the past couple of weeks to ensure that their facilities are safe for their members and customers now that they can return.
We did a deep clean when we initially closed and are doing so again now a little every day, Total Fitness owner Amanda Perry said. Weve calculated the number of members allowed in any one area at a time based on square footage and then halved that to meet the criteria for reopening.
That criteria includes the standard six feet of social distancing. Total Fitness has blocked off cardio pieces in order to meet the six-foot social distancing requirement and have signs posted asking members to respect themselves and other gym goers by staying six feet apart.
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Total Fitness will open its doors today. The facility will have hand sanitizer stations and extra staff scheduled to make systematic rounds to wipe down all equipment and frequently touched surfaces. All employees will be wearing total fitness logo masks, but they are leaving masks optional for their members.
Classes at Total Fitness will resume at half capacity on June 1. Perry said classes will utilize the facilitys basketball court if necessary to meet space needs.
Our goal is to keep our members healthy and happy and all safe, Perry said.
Tipton Lakes Athletic Club will open on Sunday and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Fitness classes and tennis clinics resume on Tuesday, and TLAC is asking members to bring their own mats and other equipment for classes.
TLAC is taking a few other steps to try to ensure a safe environment. Those entering the facility need to use the hand sanitizer on a table when they arrive before proceeding to the front desk, where their temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer. Those with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher will be kindly asked to leave.
In addition to asking for the six-foot social distancing separation in the gym, showers, lockers and the sauna will not be available, and child care is closed for the time being. Staff will be required to wear a mask and gloves, and TLAC is asking members and guests to have a credit card on file to use when making a purchase.
Anytime Fitness will reopen on Tuesday. Gym manager Darryl Jones said theyve been deep cleaning the facility.
Its not been too crazy, Jones said. Weve been offering a lot of virtual training. Even though were not taking in any income, were still trying to help people out. Were always here to help people. We want everyone to get healthy. Were following everything the governor and the government are telling us.
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