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Gyms hoping to reopen in Nevada’s Phase 2, big changes expected for guests

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Posted at 8:25 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 02:58:38-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Once they reopen, Raw Fitness says the gym experience will look very different from the moment a guest walks in.

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“We’re really hoping that tomorrow’s announcement comes with gyms in Phase 2,” says Justin Blum, Raw Fitness founder.

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Many gyms across the Las Vegas valley are implementing contact-free check in via mobile devices, providing extra cleaning supplies, and are spacing out equipment.

“In the past they would come to the front guest, congregate in the lobby, check in and have a good time,” says Blum. “That will have to go away for a while.”

Dr. Christina Madison, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Roseman University, says that gyms can only do so much when it comes to sanitation, so gym guests may need to take on some responsibility too.

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“We have to rethink how we interact with people in the physical setting,” says Dr. Madison.

Dr. Madison says when you have a “high congregate” setting, it increases risk of person to person virus transmission through droplets.

“We are sweating, we’re breathing heavily and those respiratory droplets can get on multiple things,” says Dr. Madison. “If you’re touching dumbbells or exercise bands, that’s another surface the virus can grab hold.”

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