GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ — Planet Fitness gyms in Sicklerville and Clementon are among gyms statewide that will be permitted to open after Gov. Phil Murphy announced gyms can finally reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Murphy said gyms will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity, and customers have to wear masks, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Read more here: Gov. Murphy: NJ Gyms To Reopen In Coronavirus Crisis: Here’s When
Planet Fitness has 64 locations in New Jersey, including one at 1468 Blackwood-Clementon Road in Clementon and 463 Cross Keys Road in Sicklerville.
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“Fitness centers are critical to the mental, physical and financial health for New Jerseyans, and we are grateful that Governor Murphy has announced that we can reopen with safety protocols in place,” said Craig Benson, who operates 18 Planet Fitness locations in the state. “Throughout the reopening process, we will continue to collaborate with local, county and state health officials to ensure that our members can work out again in a safe, clean, and welcoming environment, and our staff can get back to work.”
William Olson also operates 18 Planet Fitness gyms in New Jersey.
“The health and safety of our members, our staff, and the local communities we serve is inherent to our mission and values,” Olson said. “We want to thank Governor Murphy for working with us so that we can safely reopen with strict guidelines in place, which will empower us to help our members improve their physical and mental health during these challenging times. Investing in the health and safety of our communities is the most important role we play, and we will always treat that with the seriousness it deserves.”
According to Planet Fitness representatives, there are nearly 491,000 members and more than 3,000 people employed by Planet Fitness in the state. Planet Fitness gyms in New Jersey will implement the following health and safety protocols:
- Limited capacity to comply with social distancing
- Advanced air filtration systems with high-grade filters
- Masks required at all times
- High-tech electrostatic disinfecting sprayers for the gym and equipment
- Touchless check-in
- Reconfiguration of equipment to ensure each machine is at least six feet apart and is in a forward-facing direction (decreasing face to face risk)
- Well-stocked cleaning stations with hand sanitizer
- Posters explaining best- health practices displayed throughout gym
- Cleaning of machines before and after each use
- One-way flow for foot traffic
- Temperature checks for staff members at the start of each shift in addition to health questionnaire
- Ample supply of PPE equipment for staff and members including masks and gloves
- More than 40% of those surveyed say they experienced a mental or behavioral health condition connected to the COVID-19 crisis
- After voters hear the specific safety precautions that those venues will follow, as well as other factors, support for reopening gyms in NJ grew to 69%
Murphy is expected to provide more detail about the announcement during a 1 p.m. news conference. Read more: WATCH LIVE: Gov. Phil Murphy Issues NJ Coronavirus, Reopen Update
It’s still not clear when Murphy may reopen indoor dining. He’s recently met with leaders in the restaurant industry, but he’s still resistant to reopening, citing the same concerns he has for gyms. Read more: Gov. Murphy Nixes NJ Regional Reopen, Gym, Indoor Dining Restart
See related: NJ Coronavirus, Reopen Updates: Here’s What You Need To Know