Gyms will not reopen on April 27, Polis’ office says

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DENVER (KDVR) — While some Colorado businesses will reopen in limited capacity on April 27, gyms will not be among them, Gov. Jared Polis’ office confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, Polis said his stay-at-home order will expire on April 26, but some restrictions will stay in place.

Notably, restaurants and bars will remain closed except for takeout and delivery services.

On Tuesday, Polis’ office said gyms will also remain closed. His office sent the following statement to FOX31 and Channel 2:

“Bars, restaurants, and gyms have a higher risk of transmission occurring in those settings. Currently, gyms will not be reopening on April 27. We are considering allowing personal trainers in one on one settings and will look forward to engaging the industry on how they can reopen safely in the weeks and months.”

“I just want a date, I want a plan, and I want, I’ll space everyone six feet and all the guidance. We’ll do everything we gotta do,” said Laura Cox, owner of Sumits Yoga. “It would mean everything, even on a limited basis, to open up.”

Smaller fitness studios are concerned about how they will abide by restrictions, for an industry predicated on hands-on help and deep breathing in a time where people are required to wear masks.

“I just really felt we needed some clarification on the status of how to be safe,” said local pilates instructor Sandy Brown. “How to protect our members and our clients and the people who we want to help without putting them at further risk or putting ourselves at risk.”

But a driving force behind the eagerness to reopen doors for these studios: a desire to serve a community that has been more than willing to help these businesses during their hardest month.

“One of the reasons I came and opened the gym was to be a part of the community, and I’ve just been floored and blown away by the support of our members, the trainers and other businesses,” said F45 Sloan’s Lake owner Chris Pieczonka.

Once the stay-at-home order is lifted, the state will transition into a “safer at home” phase. Gatherings will still be limited to fewer than 10 people. Offices will be able to open at 50% capacity with precautions still being taken.

Personal services, such as hair salons and tattoo parlors, will also be able to reopen with restrictions in the “safer at home” phase.

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