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Gyms, fitness centers in Florida to reopen on Monday, governor announces

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 13:49:59-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis says gyms and fitness centers in the state can reopen.

Speaking at a press conference in Jacksonville on Friday, the governor said the change starts on Monday, May 18. The governor called the move a "full Phase One."

"Don't we want people getting exercise?" DeSantis said. "I think this is good, I think this is important."

According to the governor's reopening plan, under Phase One gyms and fitness centers can reopen with the following guidelines:

  • Operate at no more than 50% of building capacity
  • Adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, including cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces
  • Separate patrons by at least 6 feet
  • Encourage appointment only or scheduled use of equipment
  • Prohibit indoor group sessions or classes

"The American people never signed up for perpetual shelter-in-place," DeSantis said.