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Las Vegas Atheltic Club requiring face masks to be worn amid rising Nevada COVID-19 cases

Posted at 8:03 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 02:56:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Athletic Club announced that all members and those using the gyms will need to wear a mask or face covering while at its locations around the valley.

LVAC President Chad Smith released a video this week with some of the new details.

The additional changes come as concerns over gyms might have to close their doors for the second time, just like bars did less than a week ago, to reduce COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

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‘When you’re walking through the lobby, through the hallways, and into the locker rooms, the masks need to stay on. When you get on a treadmill and your heart starts to increase, then you can slip it off, or if you’re doing low-intensity exercises like yoga or stretching or walking on the track, keep it on. Be sure you have that mask and you can slip it back on in between your activities and your exercises," said Smith.

He also addressed what to do if you see someone not wearing a mask.

“Wear your mask, wash your hands, wipe down your equipment and please understand that some of our members are legitimately exempt from wearing a mask, due to a medical issue or a disability. So, that’s private," Smith said.

A local doctor agrees that if you don’t have a medical exception, at some point you may need to temporarily take off your mask, partially or completely, for your own benefit

You may also need to slow down, especially if you’re feeling lightheaded or short of breath.

“At that point, you need to reevaluate and take a step back or maybe remove your face covering for a few moments,” Dr. Laura Okolo said, from Roseman University School of Nursing.

As for gyms re-closing, there was no word from Gov. Steve Sisolak, but he’s following COVID- 19 numbers before making a decision.