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Missoula's Fuel Fitness prepares to reopen

Posted at 7:09 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 21:09:30-04

MISSOULA — Beginning later this week, you can get back into your gym routine as Missoula County continues lifting its restrictions.

Eager to get back into the swing of things, Fuel Fitness in Missoula will reopen at 5 a.m. on Friday, May 15 after being closed for nearly six weeks.

On an average day the gym sees anywhere from 350 to 400 people, so they’re implementing plenty of new protocol to keep their members healthy.

Each person will be given their own sanitizing bottle to clean equipment, machines will be spread apart or marked "off limits," and all staff members will be wearing masks.

For now there will be no in-person fitness classes or childcare services.

Despite all of the adjustments they’ll have to make, gym leadership says it will be worth it as long as people can get back to the gym and focus on their health.

"We’re glad to be a part of the solution because all of us feel exercise is part of the solution, not just for the body but for the mind also. And I hope more people realize now that it’s not just for the physical it helps your mental," Fuel Fitness General manager Brenda Pollock said.

Along with gyms, the health department will also allow the reopening of fitness studios, gym pools, movie theaters and non-tactile museums as long as they operate at half their capacity.

Missoula County health officials announced the changes over the weekend.