UTICA, N.Y. -- Gyms and fitness centers across New York are now allowed to reopen their facilities, but only if they meet the proper criteria.
Upstate Empire Fitness in Utica wasted no time to open their doors at midnight to welcome back their eager-to-exercise members.
Complying with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening requirements, the fitness facility is implementing new rules to follow.
Each member must scan in one at a time. Once inside, gym workers must check their temperatures. Gym members must then sign a Covid-19 exposure affirmation stating that, to their knowledge, they have not been exposed to the virus.
Bottles of sanitizer to clean each piece of equipment in use, are available at the front desk. Special sanitizing UV lights have also been installed to further fight any viruses.
Upstate Empire Fitness Co-Owner Brian Devins says it is good to be back in business.
"What you see around me is my entire life savings," Devins said. "My wife and I made a large investment. These months off have been extremely challenging not only financially, but emotionally. We are so excited to open our doors again. We know we have done everything we possibly can for the safety of our members, and we're very optimistic moving forward."
Devins says it has been nearly 25 weeks since the gym was last open. He adds that if members have not been able to train on their own, they should not expect to pick up right where they left off.
"Ease into it," Devins says. "My biggest practice as a coach, a trainer, and a nutritionist, has always been consistency. Don't come in here like you were at the top of your game when you left off. Take your time, build the routine. Just show up. Things will come back to you as long as you are consistent."
Upstate Empire Fitness is open 24 hours, so no more excuses.