Local gym shares how they will adapt to another shutdown

If Butte County remains on the state's monitoring list for three consecutive days, gyms could be forced to close indoor operations.

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 9:28 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2020 10:02 AM

CHICO, Calif. - If Butte County remains on the state's monitoring list for three consecutive days, gyms could be forced to close indoor operations. One local gym says they're moving outdoors and adapting to the state closures.

"So we're just ramping up and getting ready for that to happen," said Chris Conway, general manager of In-Motion Fitness.

In-Motion is using a huge portion of their parking lot and turning it into an outdoor gym.

"We have an outside running track, a very large aquatics area, and outside our aquatics area we have a large parking lot," said Conway.  "So we're literally expanding into the parking lot."

Machines and weights will be moved under canopies to comply with state guidelines, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"We're doing what everybody else has to do, as far as social distancing, constantly cleaning the hand sanitations," said Conway. "We feel that we have gone above and beyond as far as our cleanliness and what we have to do to keep our doors open."

Butte County could be placed on the official watchlist on July 25, but In-Motion is taking all the necessary precautions now.

"They take everybody's temperature whether it's kids, adults, every single time you enter the door," said gym member Jason Robinson. "They're always disinfecting everything, so they're definently taking the measures of what they can."

Gym go-ers are thrilled at least something will stay normal.

I hope it stays open, I hope it stays this way. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out," said Robinson.

The California Fitness Alliance sent a letter to Governor Newsom urging the importance of mental and physical health through fitness, urging that gyms stay open.

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