Gyms, movie theatres among businesses opening Monday in Kentucky

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ASHLAND, KY (WOWK) — You may not have any more excuses skip that gym workout as Phase 2 of Governor Andy Beshear’s plan to reopen the Bluegrass State continues on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, auctions, auto/dirt track racing, aquatic centers, and movie theatres are among the businesses allowed to reopen Monday. With the reopening of gyms come restrictions, such as limiting the occupancy in the building to 33%. Pieces of equipment like benches, weights, ellipticals, and treadmills will have to be placed 6 feet apart from one another. Also, gymnasiums with child care services will not be able to provide those services until Monday, June 8, 2020.

One of the gyms reopening to members Monday is Preferred Fitness in Ashland. Before members can use any equipment, they’re asked a few health-related questions and have their temperatures taken.

“We are really excited to see all of our members come back, we’ve missed everybody so much,” Said Becky Scott, a personal trainer at Preferred Fitness. “We’re trying to take all the extra precautions, we’re cleaning extra.”

Some of those precautions include making sure equipment such as treadmills, benches, weights, and ellipticals must be placed six feet apart.

“We are actually suggesting you wear a mask into the gym,” said Scott. “Once you get into your area of working out, you can take your mask off so it’s a little bit easier to work out.” As for staff members, Scott says they must wear masks at all times.

While movie theatres are allowed to repeon in Kentucky on Monday, the KYOVA 10 Theatre at the KYOVA Mall in Ashland and Movies 10 near the Ashland Town Center are not yet opening their doors. The KYOVA Threatre plans to reopen in July, however there is no word on when Movies 10 will open to the public again.

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