Gyms, movie theaters prepare to open in Kentucky starting next Monday

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – More Kentucky gyms and other businesses will be able to welcome back their customers starting Monday.

Fitness centers and movie theaters are among those allowed to reopen during the latest phase of Kentucky’s “Healthy At Work” initiative.

When Henderson County Family YMCA members return next week, they’ll notice changes before they go in.

“We do give our members, or will give our members starting Monday, June 1st, the option of parking in-between every other space, or those other spaces next to it,” said C.E.O. Sheldon Booze. He also says the changes to promote physical distancing also include every other exercise machine blocked off, one-way entrances and exits and temperatures will be taken inside. The indoor pool, locker rooms and other features, will open at later dates.

“We talked probably every other week the past two-and-a-half months, a lot of ideas sharing on what works, what they think will work. We think we got things pretty well covered,” Booze said.

Movie theaters, bowling alleys and auto racing tracks will also be allowed to open Monday as part of the initiative’s second phase. Other requirements for fitness centers to stay open include limiting attendance to a third of capacity and discourage group exercising.

“It will be nice to see a lot of different faces, a lot of familiar faces, get some of our staff back, but more importantly, get our members back involved,” Booze said.

The tennis courts at Owensboro’s Centre Court will also reopen Monday.

“We’re just anxious to see how the world reopens and take our time and make sure we err on the side of caution,” said Noel Clayton of the Owensboro Daviess County Tennis Association. Clayton also says they’re blocking off their seating areas and locker rooms as part of the reopening requirements.

“We’ve got about 50,000 square feet inside, and you’re talking about 4 people on a court, 6 courts, 24 people in a facility that size, we shouldn’t have any trouble,” he said.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2020)

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