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Preparing to reopen, gyms wait for restrictions to lift

Posted at 2:04 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 09:26:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Even through gyms are not part of Phase 1 of the governors reopening plan, many Las Vegas gym owners are preparing for when they’ll get the green light to reopen.

“Just weathering the storm, doing the best we can,” said Michael Beauchamp, owner of PROTOGYM in Henderson. Beauchamp says he doesn’t expect to open for at least another month. Until then, he’s lending equipment to his members.

“There’s no more dumbbells, there’s no more kettlebells. It’s all gone because a couple hundred people have borrowed equipment to keep them going,” Beauchamp said.


For other COVID-19-related protocols, he’s playing the waiting game to see what regulations Gov. Sisolak will put in place for gyms.

Bigger corporate athletic clubs like 24 Hour Fitness will ask its members to reserve a one-hour time slot a day in advance. They’ll keep the club at a 25% capacity. Beauchamp says that won’t work at his gym.

“That’s the reason I can’t do the ten person rule. There will be a hundred cars in the parking lot. How do I hide that? How do I even govern that? It becomes not worth it in the end. If I can’t place my whole customer base, which is well over a thousand people, I can’t do it,” Beauchamp added.


Las Vegas Athletic club announced its plans online. Staff will regularly disinfect the equipment and color code different areas of the gym. Equipment with a blue sticker will only be accessible on select days and yellow equipment is available on alternate days.

24 Hour Fitness is introducing touch-free check-in. You can also expect equipment to be moved around to help members stay six feet apart.

Childcare facilities will remain closed at both 24 Hour Fitness and LVAC.

Some gyms are also considering taking member temperatures at the door.