Suffolk County announces staggered plan for reopening gyms
County Executive Steve Bellone announced plans for the reopening of Suffolk gyms, with some set to allow people back in next week, and others the week after.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday gyms can reopen at 33% capacity and masks must be worn at all times. They will also need sign-in forms to aid in the contact tracing process.
Bellone announced Wednesday that commercial gyms and indoor classes can open on Aug. 24. Hotel, office, higher education and residential gyms will not be allowed to reopen until a week later on Aug. 31.
"With our infection rate holding steady at or below 1% and a robust testing system in place, we are confident we can reopen gyms in a way that is both safe and responsible," says Bellone.
All gyms are subject to a county Department of Health safety inspection. Owners are required to develop a safety plan outlining measures that will be taken to protect their employees and gym members.
Communal showers, whirlpools, saunas/steam rooms, water fountains and self-serve bars and samplers are required to remain closed, according to Bellone.