CASA GRANDE — Local exercise fans will be able to move out of the garage and back into the air conditioning after the city of Casa Grande reopens its Community Recreation Center next week.
In an email to recreation center members, the city announced that it would reopen the center on Wednesday with some restrictions in place.
Those restrictions include requiring members to reserve a time to use the facility, limited hours of operation, a limited number of users allowed in each area, enforcement of social distancing guidelines and regular sanitizing of equipment.
The center will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will remain closed on weekends.
Members will have to call the day before they want to use the center to make a reservation. For example, a member would have to call on Monday to reserve a time for Tuesday. The center will start taking reservations on Tuesday. Only people over age 16 will be able to make a reservation. Members will be able to reserve up to one hour of time in the facility.
The center is also still offering day or guest passes and membership sign-ups.
City Community Services Director Steve Hardesty said the reservation system should allow at least 20 to 30 people to use the facility each hour.
The city will shut down the facility between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day to clean and sanitize.
The areas open for use will include the fitness loft, indoor track and group fitness rooms for individual workouts, and a second track will be set up in the gym. Group fitness classes will be restarted at a later date.
Each area of the center will have an occupancy limit of 10 people. The free weight area will be limited to two people. The center’s cardio and strength training equipment will be spaced out or blocked off to make it easier for members to keep a safe distance.
Members are reminded to keep a 6-foot distance between themselves and other people in their area, wipe down the equipment before and after they use it and wash their hands before and after exercising.
Staff will monitor the areas to make sure people are complying with the rules. A safety screen will be installed at the front desk to protect staff and sanitizer bottles will be scattered throughout the center.
The staff is also reminding members who feel sick, have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has had the coronavirus to stay home.
The city will reinstate the membership of anyone who uses the center during the partial reopening. Members who wish to continue to stay home will have their membership reactivated once the center is fully reopened. All members will have a credit applied to their account for the time the center was closed once the center fully reopens, including winter visitors.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 520-421-8677.