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Gyms and fitness centers open across Tampa Bay

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Posted at 7:54 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 19:54:07-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- Thousands across the state woke up early to get to the gyms.

After two long months, gyms and fitness centers across the state have reopened on Monday.

“I’m very excited I’m back. I come the YMCA probably five times a week,” said Cindy Kreps.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Ron Desantis closed all gyms back in March. He gave them the green light to reopen last Friday.

”CDC was really about 'close the gyms,' and I was like OK. Look, I tried to work constructively, but you think about it, this is a respiratory virus that tends to attack people who have some health problems or who aren’t as in good physical condition," said DeSantis. "So don’t we want people to be getting exercise? Don’t we want people to stay in shape?"

According to the governor's reopening plan, under Phase One gyms and fitness centers can reopen with the following guidelines:

  • Operate at no more than 50% of building capacity
  • Adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, including cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces
  • Separate patrons by at least 6 feet
  • Encourage appointment only or scheduled use of equipment
  • Prohibit indoor group sessions or classes

Gym owners are asking members to make sure they check emails and social media to know what the new rules are before showing up. Members of the YMCA of the Suncoast must make a reservation before showing up. You can do that by calling, using the app, or on their web site. For contact information click this link: https://www.ymcasuncoast.org/