Additional Oklahoma businesses reopen as the state continues reopening plan
Gyms and fitness centers allowed to reopen with restrictions
MIAMI, Okla. – Staying active and getting stronger are two things that have looked quite a bit different for many.
“Trying to work out outside. Run, bike, you know, just stay active. It’s a struggle every day to get up and go work out in the morning,” says Miami resident Josh Grant.
So Miami resident Josh Grant is happy to get back to his routine.
“I think it’s good. I think everybody was getting kind of tired of being cooped up,” says Grant. “It’s good for everybody’s physical health and mental health to get out of the house again finally.”
Gyms in Oklahoma today (May 1st) are being allowed to reopen again as part of the states reopening plan.
The state has moved into the second part of phase one of the “Open Up and Recover Safely Plan,” which allows dining, entertainment, movie theaters, sporting venues, tattoo parlors and gyms to reopen, as long as they are following social distancing and sanitization protocol.
Five Alarm Athletics in Miami opened their doors again at 5 a.m. for the first time in months.
“As a business owner, it’s one of those things where we have to move when we can and take as many precautions as we can,” says owner Josh Brinkley.
From checking temperatures to limiting the number of people inside, reducing their hours and closing every four hours, the gym is doing more than ever to offer a safe and clean place to work out.
“Our base philosophy for our business is community. Our community is everything to us. What we can do is take extra measures to be able to protect someone who might come in and then take something home. We just don’t want that to happen,” says Brinkley.
It may be a lot of work, but Brinkley says it’s definitely worth it.
“You just have to know as a small business owner we’re gonna have to pivot, you’re gonna have to have contingency plans for things. And things don’t always go the way you want them to, and that’s okay,” says Brinkley.
And members think doing some extra cleaning is a pretty small sacrifice when you finally get back to something you love.
“You know, we’ve been away for so long that a lot of us really realized how much we missed it,” says Grant.
The second phase of the state’s reopening plan is set to start on May 15th, as long as the rates remain at a “manageable level” for 14 days.
Full 3 phase reopening plan: