Gyms, pools reopen across Ohio Tuesday

Ohio gyms reopen on Tuesday

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Local gyms and fitness centers, as well as public and club pools can reopen in Ohio Tuesday for the first time since state officials ordered them closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are several virus precautions and state guidelines in place, including masks for employees and social distancing.

Pools must clean restrooms and other common areas every two hours. There will be limited use of the locker rooms, restrooms and showers.

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At gyms, you also will notice frequent cleaning, reservations, touchless check-in and more.

In locker rooms, every other or every third locker must be marked for non-use to enforce six-foot social distancing requirement.

Water fountains also must be disabled, but no-touch bottle filling stations are allowed.

Exercise equipment should be set up to provide a six-foot radius between machines.

The full state guidelines can be found here.

Gyms reopen across Ohio

Lifetime Fitness, Crunch and Planet Fitness all have locations in the Tri-State.

Videos released by the gyms tell members what they should expect upon returning.

“People are looking for gyms that care about cleanliness," Kevin Kist told FOX19 NOW.

Kist owns RTS Barbell in Walnut Hills. His gym reopened Saturday after several Ohio gyms won a lawsuit against state officials.

The ruling said Ohio can’t impose penalties on gyms for being open as long as they follow safety guidelines.

Kist expects a “good energy” as his members return.

“We’re excited,” he said. “We’re prepared and we’re happy to be back.”

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