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Gyms set to re-open in Arizona

Posted at 10:23 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:57:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Before, all you needed to bring to the gym was a good pair of sneakers and the will to workout.

"We are recommending that people wear cloth masks."

Pima County's Chief Medical Doctor, Dr. Francisco Garcia is recommending customers wear at least a mask when gym's open back up again.

KGUN9 reached out to a some gym corporations about what measures they'll take after re-opening.

'Planet Fitness' says they will 'execute a thoughtful and phased reopening approach' and use enhanced sanitation and cleanliness policies and procedures as physical distancing measures.

'Chuze Fitness' provided photos they say showcase the cleaning measures being taken.

They also strongly encourage members to wear face masks and tell KGUN9 their 24-hour locations will close at midnight to perform deep cleaning at their facilities.

"They can modify their membership policies to allow stuff like this."

Dr. Garcia said while the county isn't enforcing safety measures gyms can do it on their own.

"We want to make sure that there's adequate signage that reminds people that if you are sick, if you are in 'high risk' group, if you are over the age of 65, you probably should be avoiding these social interactions," Dr. Garcia said.

"Making sure that the machines and the other equipment is sanitized periodically especially after each use."

Dr. Garcia added that facilities may consider limiting how many people are allowed inside.

"We've said that you really, probably need to reduce you capacity, indoor capacity, by fifty percent."