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May 25

Were with you: Cape Cods BodyStrong Fitness reopens in defiance of state order, hopes to send message to –

A health club in Chatham received a written warning from the towns board of health on Thursday after, against state guidelines, it opened on Wednesday, according to the gyms social media page.

The Chatham Board of Health visited BodyStrong Fitness on Thursday to issue a written warning, gym owner Corey Clark said on Facebook. Clark praised the professionalism of the person who delivered the warning and said he understands they have a job to do, but the gym will remain open despite anticipating fines.

She was open to hearing and seeing what we are doing to keep our members as safe as possible, Clark posted on Facebook. I was happy that I was able to walk her around and show the cleanliness of our facility and all our precautions we are taking.

BodyStrong Fitness, which has locations in Chatham and Orleans, opened amid the coronavirus on Wednesday after Gov. Charlie Baker place gyms in phase three of the states reopening plan which was released on Monday.

Each phase will last at least three weeks. A best possible scenario for phase three to begin is June 29. However, new phases will be initiated based on health trends. Data could allow for a phase to last longer or the state to return to an earlier phase.

To all the other small business owners tossing and turning in your beds trying to figure out if you will make it through these difficult times, we're with you, Clark said on Facebook. Our decision to open was not made lightly. We carefully planned how we could keep our members as safe as possible and with the guidelines we came up with we decided it was time to fight.

BodyStrong Fitness joined Prime Fitness in Oxford, which also opened its doors this week. Gyms across the state were shocked to discover the industry fell in phase three.

Clark said on social media, he hoped the move would spark the state to reexamine its view of gyms, potentially leading to a reconsideration.

If all that comes from us taking a stand is the state revisiting who should, or could open safely, or a closer look at the needs of Cape Cod businesses, then we have accomplished something, Clark said. To those who called us irresponsible and selfish, you have no idea who we are. To those of you who do know us and appreciate us, THANK YOU.

It posted a long list of guidelines for members to follow on Tuesday.

We want everyone to know that we take this very seriously, the gym said in a post that listed the protocols.

BodyStrong Fitness will allow no more than 20 people or 10% of its capacity to work out at any given time. Any person entering the gym must use hand sanitizer, check in at the front desk and have their temperature taken.

The gym also requires members to change their shoes after entering. Locker rooms, changing rooms and showers will be closed.

Members must disinfect equipment, which has been moved within the facility to maintain social distancing, before and after using it. Any member who doesnt will be asked to leave, the guidelines said.

The gym requires members to wash their hands frequently and remain at least six feet apart at all times.

Any member displaying symptoms such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath or sneezing with nasal discharge will be asked to leave.

A limited number of gloves and masks will be available if needed. The gym doesnt require members to wear masks while working out, but asks members to bring one.

Members are asked to limit workouts to one hour.

In addition to the requirements for members to disinfect machines, staff at the gym will also clean high use areas. Each day, the gym said, it will clean every machine and individual rooms.

The gym will also not be holding classes.

Members looking to renew or join the club are asked to do so over the phone to avoid in-person contact.

I would like to thank everyone for the immense amount of support we received [Wednesday] for opening our business, Clark said in a Facebook post. The strength you give us through all your comments of having our backs, offering to pay all our fines, praising us for having the courage to stand up and fight for our families cannot be measured.

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