Sunday, August 30, 2020

September Openings

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday-26-August that some more business will be allowed to open.  These include indoor gyms and amusements facilities may restart accepting costumers on Tuesday-1-September. The requirements for gyms to open include operating at 25% of indoor capacity, restrictions on indoor group fitness classes—such as spin classes—to one person for every 200-sq. ft. of space in the room, masks or face coverings must be worn at all times inside the gym by staff as well as gym goers and equipment must be six feet apart.
Additionally, people must sign a form when they enter the gym that says they will adhere to the safety guidelines. The businesses are mandated to keep a log of workers and clients, including names and phone numbers, so the information could be made available to contact tracers in the event there’s a covid-19 exposure at the facility. Showers will not be allowed at gyms, costumers are encouraged to arrive and leave in their workout clothes and the use of locker rooms at facilities would be limited.
    For indoor amusement, the guidelines will be similar to those for indoor sport activities and outdoor amusements, including capacity limits, face masks and social distancing.  The most notable venue that is allowed to reopen is American Dream Mall in East Rutherford.  No specific guidelines or time table for indoor dinning , or movie theatres were announced at that time.
   Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco allowed  all playgrounds in the Bergen County Parks System to reopen on Saturday-29-August.  Playgrounds will reopen with newly installed hand sanitizing dispensers and signage advising patrons to practice proper hygiene and social distancing protocols from the CDC. The Bergen County Parks System features fifteen playgrounds across the county. All playgrounds throughout the Bergen County Parks System have been closed since March as a measure to reduce high touch scenarios in effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Locally this includes Overpeck Park in both Leonia and Ridgefield Park
  Local and municipal parks and playgrounds had the option of reopening in late June. 

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