By MADDY VITALE
The many faithful members of the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center will have something to be pleased about starting Tuesday.
After the six-month COVID-19 shutdown of gyms throughout the state, the restriction has been lifted and fitness gurus can once again enjoy their workouts. The pool had reopened in July at the allowed 25 percent capacity.
Gyms are the latest to reopen in Gov. Phil Murphy’s rollout, which has several phases.
By lifting the restriction on the state’s gyms, the fitness portion of the center will reopen once again with the same allowable 25 percent capacity. Masks or face coverings are required at all times for staff and members.
“Certainly, the city is excited that the governor has allowed indoor gym owners to open back up. The staff at the Aquatic and Fitness Center is happy to welcome everyone back,” said Michael Allegretto, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian.
The city has been in charge of the fitness center, which is located in the Community Center, for about 28 years, Allegretto noted.
“We encourage everyone to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The Aquatic and Fitness Center is a nice asset for our town,” Allegretto pointed out. “The entire Community Center really is the hub for the town. People love going there for everything the center has to offer.”
There will be additional restrictions in place when the fitness reopens.
Additional details and guidelines include:
• 45-minute time slots available with reservations opening one day in advance.
• Monday-Friday slots will be from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday slots will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• 20-person occupancy maximum.
• There will be no 1:30 p.m. time slots – equipment will be deep-cleaned and disinfected by an electrostatic sprayer.
• There will be a staff person working at all times to monitor social distancing.
• Locker rooms will not be open – come prepared to work out.
• No childcare available.
Members can call 609-398-6900 one day in advance to reserve time slots to use the equipment.