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Gyms Seeing New Years Rush Amidst Pandemic

Even record breaking Covid-19 cases is not stopping Tri-Staters from hitting the gym New Years weekend.

Posted: Jan 2, 2021 10:50 PM

While gyms are not seeing the usual blowout of people jump-starting their fitness journeys for the New Year -- they have still seen a rush of people working out their resolutions on Friday and Saturday.


Now although the fear of catching the virus is still strong -- gym goers like Wayne Clardy, say it is important to stay fit and eat healthy.


And even with rising Covid-19 cases in the area, one thing that is bringing people back to the Y for New Years weekend are the new renovations to the pool.


“We did paint the bottom of the pool white, which has increased the visibility of that,” said Lisa Verkamp, marketing director. “And in the locker room -- we expanded that foot-print to provide more square footage -- so people can space out more.”


While staff members are taking safety precautions seriously -- taking people’s temperatures as they walk in and distancing equipment.


“We do a deep clean each night with electrostatic foggers,” Verkamp said. “And deep clean areas based on the activity of that day.”


“When I work out I wear workout gloves -- I wear my mask -- even when I’m working out at times,” Clardy said. “And I wash my hands and take care of my personal hygiene -- so I feel safe.”


As for gym owners, they are excited for the fresh start 2021 may bring.


“In terms of getting back to that self care and improving their health and wellness,” Verkamp said. “Something a lot of people have neglected over the course of the pandemic.”

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