Vermont gyms reopen after two months

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BENNINGTON — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced in a press conference on May 29 that gyms, and other "close-contact" businesses throughout the state, were allowed to open starting June 1.

"I'm very pleased to see our trends moving in the right direction and we feel comfortable taking additional steps today," Scott said. "This has affected each and every one of us and we're showing that together, we can win this battle."

Gyms are currently allowed to operate at either 25% capacity or one customer per 200 square feet. Additionally, no fitness classes may exceed 25 people in any single, distinct indoor space.

All Vermont gyms have been closed since March 23.

Anytime Fitness in Bennington, which has been closed since March 21, was one local gym that opened their doors to the public June 1.

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Anytime Fitness owner AJ Mahar has heard from members that they are ready to get back to their workout routines.

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"Everyone's really itching to get back in there," he said.

Mahar said with the amount of space Anytime Fitness has to offer, he's not sure if they have ever reached 25% capacity.

"I don't think it's going to be much of an issue for us, we have so much space in our facility," Mahar said.

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One area that will be affected, however, is group training's. Mahar said he doesn't plan to open group training's as he reopens Anytime Fitness because of the limited amount of space within the classrooms they are typically held.

Many of the classes have been offered virtually since the gym was forced to close due to the coronavirus.

Mahar said he had been preparing for the reopening for weeks. The gym owner is excited to open up his doors for the first time in over two months.

"It's a sense of relief, and a sense of normalcy," Mahar said.


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