Vermont gyms are allowed to reopen on June 1
Editors note: This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. on June 9, 2020
BENNINGTON — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced in a press conference on Friday that gyms, and other "close-contact" businesses throughout the state, will be allowed to open starting June 1.
"I'm very pleased to see our trends moving in the right direction and we feel comfortable taking additional steps today," Scott said. "This has affected each and every one of us and we're showing that together, we can win this battle."
Gyms will be allowed to operate at either 25% capacity or one customer per 200 square feet. Additionally, no fitness classes may exceed 25 people in any single, distinct indoor space.
All Vermont gyms have been closed since March 23.
Anytime Fitness in Bennington, which has been closed since March 21, will be ready to open by June 1, says owner AJ Mahar.
Also open is Revolution Racquet and Fitness in Bennington, who opened their doors back up to customers on June 1.
Mahar has heard from members that they are ready to get back to their workout routines.
"Everyone's really itching to get back in there," he said.
Revolution owner April Sherwin says the customers, who have to wear masks during their workouts, have been following the guidelines well.
"They've all been pretty good about it," said Sherwin.
Mahar said with the amount of space Anytime Fitness has to offer, he's not sure if they have ever reached 25% capacity.
"I don't think it's going to be much of an issue for us, we have so much space in our facility," Mahar said.
Revolution offers 12,000 square feet of space, and Sherwin said having that much room to operate has given them the opportunity to space all of their equipment six feet apart.
One area that will be affected at Anytime Fitness, however, is group training's. Mahar said he doesn't plan to open group training's as he reopens Anytime Fitness because of the limited amount of space within the classrooms they are typically held. Many of the classes have been offered virtually since the gym was forced to close due to the coronavirus.
Revolution is still offering group classes, but they are limiting the size to 12 members and one instructor per class.
Mahar is excited to open up his doors for the first time in over two months.
"It's a sense of relief, and a sense of normalcy," Mahar said.
Sherwin said Revolution's members are happy to be back into their routine.
"For the most part, everybody that has walked through the door is so thankful that the doors are back open," she said.
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