EOS Fitness reopening after reaching agreement with AZDHS, Ducey
PHOENIX — EOS Fitness announced they will reopen Arizona locations starting Saturday at 8 a.m. for workouts by reservation.
In an e-mail to members, EOS Fitness’ CEO Rich Drengberg said they came to a reopening agreement with Gov. Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services to reopen their facilities.
According to the center’s website, guests will be required to make reservations up to 24 hours in advance, and gym capacity will be limited to 100 people at a time.
EOS, which has more than 30 Arizona locations, will also require face coverings at all times, even when taking a class or doing cardio. Additional requirements include members sanitizing their own equipment between uses and practicing social distancing.
Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed in an email that the business had been approved while also stating the gym would be limiting occupancy to 10% along with the aforementioned restrictions.
EOS’ reopening plans say they will hold off on resuming group classes until Maricopa County enters the moderate risk phase. Areas with little room to social distance like the sauna, steam room, hot tub and basketball courts would remain closed for the time being.
AZDHS released benchmarks this week for businesses that were shut down under Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s June 29 executive order: indoor fitness centers, bars/nightclubs, theaters, water parks and tubing.
Shuttered businesses are allowed to reopen when their counties enter the moderate stage of community spread, which means meeting state health departments benchmarks for three metrics: coronavirus cases per 100,000 in population, set test percent positivity and hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses.
Maricopa County met one of the benchmarks as of Thursday’s weekly update of the data.
However, the state provided an appeals process in locales where the benchmarks haven’t been met.
Under the process, businesses in counties where community spread is still considered substantial can apply to reopen by coming up with a mitigation plan that is more strict than the opening requirements for areas in the moderate spread stage.
They can open if the state approves those plans.
Businesses allowed to reopen ahead of the benchmarks must display their mitigation plans in prominent location.
The state said nearly 200 bars, gyms, and movie theaters submitted proposals for reopening with stricter restrictions. Among them, four have been denied so far.
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