TALLMADGE – The Tallmadge Recreation Center will reopen on June 1 at 8 a.m. with a modified schedule and limited capacity.
Only members age 16 and older will be allowed to use the facility at this time.
Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. The hours will allow for deep cleaning and disinfection of the facility.
The cardio and strength sides will be open as well as the track.
The facility will follow the Responsible RestartOhio guidelines for a safe environment for employees and members.
"We’re excited to get it open and understand it’s still a limited access," said Mayor David Kline. "We’re opening it up under the state guidelines for gyms. Our fitness area has been moving equipment around for social distancing."
Only members will be allowed to use the facility but that includes Silver Sneakers, Kline said. No classes are allowed at this time.
"We’re trying to follow the rules," Kline said. "As soon as we’re allowed to do classes, and I think that will come shortly, we will have them."
Members will enter through the middle set of doors to scan their cards. Upon scanning, members will sign a COVID-19 waiver and be asked screening questions. If someone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be asked to leave and return once they are symptom free.
All members are encouraged to wear a mask. All employees will be wearing masks.
Currently, the maximum capacity for the Recreation Center is set at 200 members. Members will be required to swipe in and out of the facility to keep an accurate count. Once the 200-member limit is reached, no one will be allowed in the facility until someone leaves.
During this initial opening phase, the recreation center will have limited areas of the building open.
The second-floor fitness area will have both strength and cardio areas open with equipment placed for proper distance.
Each member will be given a spray bottle and towel when they enter the fitness area. Members will be required to sanitize the equipment before and after use. Members will turn these bottles in at the end of their workouts so they can be sanitized and returned to rotation.
The basketball courts have been converted to a walking track and can be entered from the back end of court 4. This will allow walkers to be separated from runners and maintain greater distance from each other. No basketball, volleyball or pickleball will be offered at this time.
The track will be open for runners only. Runners must use the outermost lane for running and the innermost lane for passing.
Members will be asked to maintain distance while in the bathroom. The locker rooms and showers will be unavailable for use, and members should come dressed to work out.
Water fountains and bottle filling stations will not be available at this time. Members should bring their own water bottles and water.
Those who do not feel comfortable returning to the facility at this time may request to keep their membership on hold until they are comfortable coming back.
The facility will open in phases as permitted by the various authorities and as safety permits. The city will announce openings of child care, group fitness classes, basketball courts, racquetball courts, soccer field and other areas as appropriate.
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