'We're ready.' San Diego gyms make plans to reopen

Posted at 5:04 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 20:04:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — At "The Last Real Gym" in North Park, the doors have been closed since mid-March.

Owner Frank Kole says they've complied with the stay at home order in every way, but like many other businesses, they're eager to reopen.

"I only have four more weeks of money left," Kole said.

Although there are no official reopening guidelines yet for gyms, Kole has been creating a plan and redesigning his 7,700-square-foot space.

"We have all the sanitizer, hand sanitizer, all the tape down, we're moving equipment this weekend, we're ready," he explained.

Reopening preparations are also underway at large chains like 24 Hour Fitness. Some of their Dallas-area clubs are in the process of opening back up and they're implementing new procedures, like touch-free check-in and socially distanced equipment.

They'll also be open for only an hour at a time, then close for a 30-minute cleaning before opening back up.

As for their locations in San Diego, they issued a statement reading in part: "We intend to continue reopening clubs in a phased approach as it is safe for us to do so."

There is no official reopening date for gyms yet, but they fall under "Stage 3" of California's four-step plan to reopen.