Gyms begin reopening in Maryland after months-long closure
SALISBURY, Md. – After several months of being closed, gyms like the YMCA in Salisbury are beginning to reopen as part of the state’s Road Map to Recovery.
Members at the YMCA of the Chesapeake started returning to the gym yesterday under new restrictions.
According to the YMCA of the Chesapeake, members can only work out for 90 minutes and they’ll have to get their temperatures checked outside before entering facilities.
The gym will also be closed every day from 1 PM until 3 PM for a deep clean.
Some treadmills are also unplugged to help maintain social distancing and masks must be used anytime members are not exercising.
Gym officials add that they hope with these new changes members will be patient.
“I know it’s a big change for everyone and I know that there’s some frustration that not all the services are available right away, but we’re going to get back to it and I hope that as we progress through the next weeks and months that all of our members start to feel safe to come back,” said YMCA of the Chesapeake Group Executive Deanna Harrell.
Harrell says not all gym members at the YMCA have been in a rush to return. She says about 20 percent of members have put their membership on hold.
Pure Fitness Salisbury says they are also opened with new safety guidelines. For example, members are required to sign a one-time waiver saying that the gym is not responsible if they get sick.
Members will also get their own disinfectant bottles that must be returned and there are also barriers in between the cardio equipments to help maintain social distancing. Members need to also wear masks except for when they are doing exercise.