Saskatchewan gyms prepare to reopen as province announces set date for Phase 3

Saskatchewan gyms prepare to reopen as province announces set date for Phase 3
WATCH: Gyms are already preparing to reopen on June 8. Elise Darwish has the story on how they will safely operate.

Gyms across Saskatchewan are preparing to reopen their doors after the province announced that Phase 3 of its reopen plan will begin June 8.

Restrictions such as social distancing and sanitizing stations have become part each phase, and gyms will have to do the same.

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“We would space out our classes…maybe a 15-minute break in between classes to alleviate the strain of that many people in one spot, and give us a chance to do the cleaning that’s necessary to make sure we are being safe,” said Josh Roundell, CrossFit Regina co-owner and coach.

There are different types of gyms that fall under the umbrella of Phase 3, including spaces such as Jiu Jitsu academies and Complete MMA where there is more person-to-person contact.

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COVID-19 restrictions will create new challenges for instructors when it comes to the format of classes.

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Complete MMA owner AJ Scales has created his own phased plan for when he reopens his doors.

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“Everyone is going to be distanced out,” Scales said. “I have 2,000 square feet of space here so we can manage about 30 people with six feet in between everyone.

“After that I am going to phase into a buddy system.”

Scales describes his academy as a family, and says the steps he has created will ensure a safe training environment.

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“The way I’m looking at it is you and I can be a part of the family now, and every time we come to class, we are going to partner up together all the time, so we are not having multiple contacts with other people,” Scales said.

Scales said he’s ready to reopen, and his clients are excited to get back into the gym come June 8.

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Phase 2 of Saskatchewan’s reopening plan begins
Phase 2 of Saskatchewan’s reopening plan begins

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