If you’ve been waiting for your gym to reopen, that’s not happening yet but Governor Murphy has announced that individual training sessions can start up again. Gyms and fitness centers across the state will still remain closed but will be allowed to do personal training sessions, by appointment only starting July 2.
While this isn’t the news that many were hoping for, this does move New Jersey further into Stage 2. Many states across the country that jumped back into reopening have experienced major spikes in cases, while New Jersey’s slow return has helped keep its infection rates low. This move comes on the heels of Murphy’s announcement today requiring visitors from high-risk states to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Many gyms are already offering outdoor parking lot workouts, meet ups in parks or Zoom classes you can do at home. If you’re part of a group, the CDC recommends keeping your mask on when doing low-impact activities. In high-impact situations you should also keep a mask close at hand for when you’ve finished working out, especially if you’re in a public spot where you might be talking or interacting with other people, or unable to keep a safe six feet apart.
If you do return to your personal training sessions at the gym, you’ll want to make sure to follow the CDC’s recommendations as well, and make sure to clean and sanitize equipment before and after you use it.
As of today, there are 169,892 cases in New Jersey, with 317 new cases reported yesterday. The daily positivity rate is up to 2.83 percent, and the rate of transmission is .86. A total of 12,995 New Jersey residents have died from COVID-19.