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Gyms allowed to reopen Monday but under health and safety guidelines

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Gyms across the nation closed in mid-March when the coronavirus broke out. Gyms can official reopen Monday, but under certain health and safety guidelines. 

"All the guidelines and all the suggestions are either already implemented or done, or they're going to be put in place when people come in," Wellness Director at Zack's Club West Brandan Fokken said. 

Zach's Club was trying to open nearly two weeks ago following the announcement that hair, nail and tanning salons could reopen. 

"And the longer we were closed, you know as a small business that hurts small business. You can't stay closed forever. So we opted to say that we were going to open," he said. 

After their announcement to reopen reached the governor, they were asked to wait 13 days. Now, gyms can open but under certain restrictions. 

"We're going to be counting people at the door. We're going to have a clicker and count them as they come in and out, we're going to have handwashing stations, we're going to make sure that everything is sanitized, wiped over and over and over. All of our staff will be wearing masks and gloves," Fokken said. 

And just like other businesses, they're allowed 25% capacity with social distancing still in effect. 

"It's a large building with a 25% capacity we don't see any kind of social distancing issues as well," Tyler Gress, Crunch Fitness General Manager, said. 

Gress says staff at Crunch has already been trained on protocols and is ready to reopen.

"We brought them in and went through the entire training protocol on how to clean equipment, high touch points all the way from the front of the building to the back of the building," he said. "And we do have extra cleaning stations throughout the facility. So they'll have that sanitizer they can clean their own equipment with and staff will be cleaning."

Locker rooms won't be open just yet, and you'll have to save the shower for your own home. On top of these guidelines, Fokken believes other businesses that are open won't help physical health like a workout would. 

"The things that are attacking people that get the virus are people with high blood pressure and obesity and other health ailments. This is something that can help reduce that and reduce that risk," he said. 

Zach's Club West is hosting a COVID Comeback event Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to celebrate its reopening and members who've supported them since being closed. 

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