Into The ‘Green’

YMCA to resume classes as gyms reopen

Times Observer photos by Josh Cotton The Warren YMCA, which reopened last week when the county went “Green,” will start offering fitness classes for members next week.

With Warren County into the “Green” phase of COVID-19, gyms have been able to reopen.

According to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office, gyms in “Green” counties can “open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.”

Entities throughout the county are handling that guidance is different ways.

Kim Slocum, marketing and grant coordinator with the YMCA, said the current 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. hours will be pushed back to 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

She said the building will still have “limited access to fitness areas” and will remain members only at this point. Those coming in will need to sign waivers and have their temperature taken.

“Things are getting better and we will provide more service to the members of the YMCA,” she said, detailing that “showers will become available, but no towel service. Members will need to bring their own towels.”

She said that fitness classes will restart on June 8 for Y members free of charge for the summer — with the requirement to register one day in advance — while the pool remains for lap swimming only with reservations, as well.

Other fitness entities in the county are also back in business.

At Snap Fitness, which reopened on May 29, that means 40 people or less at any given time, according to a Facebook post, in addition to sanitization and social distancing guidelines.

“Every other treadmill and cardiovascular fitness machine will be in use unless you are with (a) household member,” they said.

Anytime Fitness also reopened on May 29 and will operate 24/7, according to a post.

They say tanning and showers will remain closed.

“We strongly encourage that you wear a mask while in the facility. If you do not have one, we have them available in the front office. We are not mandating masks,” they explained. “Cardio machines have been roped off to maintain social distancing. Please only use permitted machines.”

The facility will also be closed from 11 a.m. to noon for elderly and at-risk members as well as from 3-4 p.m. for cleaning.

Peak Performance: Body and Mind in North Warren reopened on June 1.

“My goal with opening is to keep everyone as safe a possible while still getting back to normal,” according to a post. “These are crazy times and this is subject to change as the state releases any updates to the “green” phase.”

Hours are restricted to several time slots and reservations or needed.


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