Gyms allowed to open in Massachusetts with restrictions in place

SWANSEA, M.A. (WLNE) – Massachusetts entered Phase 3 of reopening its economy on Monday.

The following businesses are now eligible to reopen, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations:

  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues;
  • Museums, cultural and historical sites;
  • Fitness centers and health clubs;
  • Certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact;
  • Professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators

Boston cannot enter Phase 3 until July 13.

For fitness centers to reopen, machines have to be 14 feet apart, or six feet apart with barriers. There must but hand sanitizing stations or hand washing stations readily available.

Swansea Total Fitness has been preparing for this day by for weeks.

Locker rooms will be available at the gym, but showers and saunas will remain closed. Members will also be required to wear masks for the entire time they are in the building, and are responsible for wiping down equipment before and after using it.

Mark Garganta, Co-Owner, Swansea Total Fitness said, “We’re excited to open. We can’t wait to see everybody back again, but we know some people are going to be hesitant. We just ask that everybody have some patience, and if they see something that they suggest could be improved on, that they bring it to us and give us an opportunity to correct anything.”

Garganta says by members scanning in to the gym, that will help them perform contact tracing. If someone ends up getting sick, they will be able to notify the other people that came into contact with that person.

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