Gyms, fitness centers preparing to welcome back members

Preparations in place at gyms, fitness centers as they get the OK to reopen with safety precautions, amid controlling the spread of COVID-19

Gyms, fitness centers preparing to welcome back members

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Gyms and fitness centers can reopen Wednesday, June 10, under Gov. Tim Walz’ Phase Three plan of reopening the state’s economy,

“We are so excited that gyms are finally opening again on the 10th. We’ve been anticipating this," Jo’s Fitness Garage owner Jo Radlinger said.

But reopening comes with limitations, such as allowing only 25 percent capacity with a maximum number of 250 people.

A policy that’s not an issue for Jo’s Fitness Garage’s one-on-one sessions.

“I only have one in here at a time, or at the most three or four that are family, so they’ve been co-mingled and together," said Radlinger.

However, for larger fitness centers, many are implementing reservations to adhere to the new guidelines.

Like the Mankato Family YMCA, which is scheduled to reopen its doors to the public on Monday, June 15, with reservation only appointments.

“Where they can go online and sign up, for a time in the wellness centers, pre-weight room, pool, skate park, child watch or group exercise too,” said Mankato Family YMCA Executive Director John Kind.

YMCA members can do this online as early as Thursday, June 11.

Reopening for fitness centers also requires extra sanitation and safety measures.

“We have cleaning stations throughout the gym. I allow 15 minutes between my clients so that I can thoroughly clean,” said Radlinger.

“Requiring masks to and from their workout, but not during. We are requiring hand washing or sanitizing when they come in the building and we will be taking their temperature," said Kind of Mankato Family YMCA.

And limitations on group workouts. Kind says Mankato’s Family YMCA has preparations in place.

“We are going to have a maximum of 20 people in the class. They will be socially distanced. All of our classes will either take place in our big aerobic studio upstairs or we will do our upper parking lot, which will become an outdoor aerobic studio with a maximum of 20 people in that class," said Kind.

Gym goers who are ready to get back in action are encouraged to check with their local fitness centers for new policies and guidelines.

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