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Gym adds extra cleaning crew, downsizes classes to help social distance

Posted at 8:02 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 22:34:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — While some businesses are closing due to concerns over the coronavirus, others, like the gym Momentum Fitness, are staying open.

Momentum Fitness in Tallahassee still has their doors open for customers and are taking extra effort to be the cleanest gym in the Capitol city.

Drew Whitehead, the fitness director at Momentum Fitness, said when coronavirus first appeared in the U.S., he knew the gym had to ramp up their safety and cleanliness.

"We have assigned each staff member a section to keep clean on their own," said Whitehead. "We also brought in another cleaning crew, so we have two professional cleaning crews that are in here every week."

Employees at Momentum Fitness say foot traffic into the gym has slowed.

"Understandably, people have been a little hesitant on coming in, especially those that are more at risk, have underlying conditions," said Cameron Covington, Momentum Fitness membership director. "Anybody that has breathing issues especially, we recommend probably not the best thing to come into the gym."

The team at Momentum Fitness sanitizes door handles and equipment every hour. As for the members who are still working out, Covington said they have to keep up with hygiene protocols.

"Wash your hands regularly," said Covington. "Wipe down, sanitize your equipment regularly."

Momentum has canceled some classes, and limited to groups of five the classes still ongoing.

"Our elevate program, our small group program, we've decided to socially distance people by eliminating the group size," said Covington. "For instance, we'll have a class size of 15, but instead, now what we're doing is taking that 15 people and splitting them up into groups of five, making sure everyone has at least 5 to 6 feet of distance in between."

Whitehead added that members do not share equipment during classes.

Whitehead said the gym is keeping up with the CDC's recommendations and will continue to update members on any changes from the CDC or changes the gym may make.

He also said the gym will remain open as long as they feel it is safe and the government allows it.