Reopen NY: Gyms welcome back guests, except in New York City

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Monday, August 24, 2020
Gyms reopen in New York, except in NYC
NJ Burkett reports on the reopening of gyms in New York.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- For fitness enthusiasts outside of New York City, Monday was the day they could return to gyms.

On Long Island and in other locations, many gyms are opening their doors at 33% capacity and with other restrictions in place.

Individual showers must be cleaned between each use and face coverings must always be worn, but bandannas or gaiters are not considered acceptable masks.

The state requires that all gyms be inspected by the health department to insure they have the proper ventilation systems.

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That is one reason New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided gyms in the city will not reopen until more than a week from now.

"We're very careful, cautious about reopening gyms," he said. "But the state created the order. We're following the order. Gyms will start to reopen September 2. There will be limits on the number of people and limits on the kind of activities."

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