Gyms in Washington re-open — by appointment only


Part of Gov. Inslee's 'Health Washington' plan

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Gyms in Washington can now open — with restrictions — as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Healthy Washington” reopening plan. Among those restrictions: gyms need to be appointment only.

Several gym owners in Vancouver have been vocal about thinking they should be able to reopen over the course of this latest shutdown.

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At the Planet Fitness in Vancouver, they will also require their members to wear masks the whole time they’re in the gym, add sanitizing stations, re-worked their check-in process, added more cleaning and closed their showers.

Owner Kalprana Lubrano of Planet Fitness in Vancouver, January 10, 2021 (KOIN)

Owner Kalpana Lubrano told KOIN 6 News being closed has been very difficult financially.

“The second shutdown was a lot tougher,” Lubrano said. “We had zero revenue coming through the door, and we still have payments” to make.

Restaurants also struggled through the pandemic. And in Phase 1 reopening, they can still only do outdoor dining, they have to close by 11 p.m. and can have a maximum of 6 people at a table.

Inslee put the regional plan into effect Monday. Now, some live entertainment activities will be allowed to resume with very limited in-person gatherings as well as some fitness programs.

There won’t be an application process to move from Phase 1 to subsequent phases. Each region automatically starts in Phase 1 and will advance automatically once the Health Department determines they are eligible to do so.

When a region moves to Phase 2, restaurants will be permitted to reopen with 25% capacity as well as indoor fitness centers, sports competitions can resume with a limited number of spectators and wedding and funeral ceremonies can increase their capacities from current limits.

People wearing masks inside Planet Fitness in Vancouver, January 10, 2021 (KOIN)

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