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Exercising caution due to coronavirus

Posted at 9:55 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 01:10:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz — Soon to be eighty-year-old Margie Reinhardt has a message for me at Sabino Canyon.

"Please don't get too close," said Reinhardt. "I'm being extra cautious."

Reinhardt is here for some fresh air. Others are here for exercise. Jordan Schafer also worked out at a public gym this morning.

"I'm not too concerned about it," said Schafer. "I'd be more concerned about passing it along to elderly people."

At Old Pueblo Crossfit, the strategy had been just to wipe everything down. But, the gym, which was open this morning, is now temporarily closed. Owners Dulcinea and Amos Sotelo are taking the White House's advice to avoid groups of more than ten people.

"I do have to thsinkabout the community at large," sad Dulcinea Sotelo. "We have a responsibility to our community to htose people who could be affected by the virus, our health care workers and our health care system that can't handle it if we do see a rise in our community."

Back at Sabino Canyon, Ms. Reinhardt remembers the day when people rationed oil. Now, she's rationing something much different.

"Very little hand sanitizer because the stores are all out of that. They are out of disinfectant wiples. We're trying to be as careful as we can."