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Masked workouts and no indoor cardio: Gyms prepare to reopen under tight Santa Clara County rules

Original post made on Jul 10, 2020

Starting Monday, gyms and fitness centers that have been shuttered for months throughout Santa Clara County will finally be allowed to reopen. But they're going to have to follow some pretty stringent rules.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 10, 2020, 12:25 PM

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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Jul 10, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Every local decision like this puts us further way from reopening schools. We have 6 weeks to flatten the current spike to make reopening possible. In Melbourne Australia, similar pop size and COVID-19 spike to the Bay Area, they went back into 6-weeks of shelter-in-place this week. Deep respiratory indoor activity is not something our county should be doing in a spike. We can lament about federal policies, but local policies are determining our local future. It's also local policies that determine if the community takes masks seriously.


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Posted by Richard
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 2:31 pm

As family members of the El Camino YMCA, we've continued to pay our monthly fees even while there has been no access to the facility. Our goal was to help the Y continue to do the good work they do for the community. Unfortunately if the Y is going to reopen but not offer the activities we pay for (treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical machine), we'll need to turn those dollars inward and purchase equipment for home. I hope the Y can figure out a way to provide access to aerobic equipment outdoors so we can continue to support them.


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Posted by Pause
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jul 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Agree with @Chiang

We should be hitting "pause" and understanding the surge...not further re-opening. With cases "latent" in the pipeline, the next 2-3 weeks is already predetermined to increase even more.

Please slow down, so that we can all enjoy more activities down the road...school, restaurants, etc...

Without healthy and confident citizens, the economy will not thrive.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Does anyone know where martial arts studios fall in the county's guidelines? Do they count as gyms?


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Posted by SC Parent
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm

On a positive note, think of the fitness/health benefits of this:
"On top of social distancing and other health requirements, [Planet Fitness] will have to curtail its tradition of serving up pizza and bagels to its members...."

But I am sad about the long term implications for the local YMCAs. I just need an elliptical, people! Roll it into the parking lot at 5am and I'll be there!


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 9:59 pm

Exercise at home or outdoors. Most students will be symptomatic carriers. Before you celebrate that at least most children will live, look up lung damage in asymptomatic coronavirus victims.


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Posted by BDBD
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

If you're limiting the number of guests, a lot of parking will go unused. Thinking creatively, perhaps some gyms will be able to move some cardio machines outside to that area (hopefully build a sunshade). Outdoor dining and exercising may be the new normal for a while.


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