Gyms, other businesses begin preparing for California's June 12 reopening date

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 09:50:25-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Californians are getting ready for a new set of businesses to reopen after June 12, 2020. Last Friday, the state released specific COVID-19 guidelines for several industries, including gyms, bars, and hotels.

Vista Fitness owner Brian Belasco is setting up cones in his parking lot to create social distancing spots for his patrons. He's doing this well in advance of the state's gym reopenings on June 12.

"Being able to reopen means the world to us," Belasco said.

Last Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom released specific guidelines for the next group of industries allowed to reopen with modifications, no sooner than June 12, 2020. They include gyms, schools, film production, professional sports, bars and wineries, hotels, cardrooms, family entertainment, museums, and zoos.

Since mid-March, Belasco said his trainers have been successfully teaching online workout classes.

"We just finished a virtual challenge," Belasco said. "We had members losing up to 30 pounds in 28 days."

But he said he is ready to see his members in person.

"It's the camaraderie, especially times like right now, bringing people together that is our specialty," Belasco said.

That is why he says he is implementing many of the State's new gym guidelines, which include:

  • Limiting the number of members inside
  • Conducting temperature and health screenings upon entry
  • Staggering lockers and machines
  • Providing disinfecting wipes or gel for hands and equipment
  • No sharing water bottles or towels
  • Wearing masks

For weeks, Belasco has been practicing these guidelines already with his coaches and volunteers.

"They get called in one by one, temperature check, foot bath, hand sanitizer, and then they get pointed to their station, and they're all spread out in this room," Belasco said as he pointed at the mat in the middle of the gym.

So when June 12 rolls around, Belasco said the new guidelines will seem like old news.

"We've been ready. We've been researching. We have all of the supplies, and we are ready to go," Belasco said proudly.

All businesses in this category will require the San Diego County Public Health Officer's approval before they can reopen.

(San Diego County's list of businesses that are open now with modifications)

  • Essential businesses
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Places of Worship
  • Hair Salons / Barbershops
  • Tanning Salons
  • Landscape gardening
  • Outdoor museum
  • Car dealers / Washes
  • Pet Grooming
  • Peer Support Groups

(State's list of businesses that can reopen after June 12, 2020 with modifications)

  • Gyms
  • Schools
  • Film and music production
  • Professional Sport (with no spectators)
  • Bars and Wineries
  • Hotels
  • Cardrooms / Racetracks (with no spectators)
  • Family entertainment (bowling, arcades)
  • Museums / Galleries
  • Zoos / Aquariums

(Industries that still do not have State reopening guidelines available)

  • Community Pools
  • Nail / Facial Salons
  • Saunas / Steam rooms
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Massage businesses
  • Movie Theaters
  • Concerts / Festivals
  • Theme Parks
  • Higher Education