Fitness classes to return in Grosse Pointe Woods

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 22, 2020

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods officials have plans to open the Community Center Sept. 28, but only for fitness classes at this time.

The “Fitness, Vitality and Health,” yoga and chair yoga classes are scheduled to resume next week with a number of safety precautions in place because of COVID-19. The Community Center is located inside the City Hall complex at 20025 Mack Plaza Drive.

According to city documents, classes will be limited to 11 participants, and all must register in advance. For registration information, call the Community Center at (313) 343-2408.

Grosse Pointe Woods city officials will follow a number of safety protocols but also want to remind residents that people using the facility do so at their own risk.

The city has mapped out the various COVID-19 procedures for entering the Community Center for the fitness classes. Staff members, for instance, will be stationed at the door for check-in, and all participants must complete a COVID-19 screening and temperature check prior to entering.

Attendees can enter the exercise room 15 minutes prior to class and exit the room within 10 minutes of the conclusion of class. As per city officials, masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in the building.

According to City Administrator Bruce Smith, staff will clean door handles, chairs and touch points between classes. In addition, carpets will be vacuumed between each class.

Fitness participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, including exercise mats, weights and yoga bricks. Exercise equipment will not be stored at the facility. Cleaning stations will be available for residents to disinfect their personal equipment. It’s suggested to bring a full water bottle to avoid touching the tap or water fountain. Glass bottles are not permitted.

Other activities have started up again in the city. As of Sept. 8, the Lake Front Park Activities Building has resumed all activities.

“With reduced hours and the amount of patrons allowed inside the facility, everything is running well,” Smith said. “No issues to this date with patrons following the new guidelines due to COVID-19. Residents would like to resume normal hours as soon as possible.”

According to a city email blast, the Lake Front Park Activities Building can only operate at 25% capacity with a total capacity of 16 residents allowed indoors. Masks are required at all times indoors, including while exercising and playing basketball and racquetball. Individuals who don’t wear masks will be asked to leave the building. Residents must call ahead to schedule use of basketball and racquetball courts.

The email blast states that, every hour, the basketball and racquetball courts will be closed for a 15-minute cleaning and then reopen on the hour. The basketball court will be limited to three-versus-three play only, and use of the basketball and racquetball courts will be limited to 45 minutes of play, once per day per player. The miniature golf course is open with staggered starts and weather permitting.    

City officials have a plan in place, should an employee test positive for the virus. Anyone who may have come into close contact with the staff member in the past 14 days will be notified. The employee’s work area will be disinfected, and the work area will be closed if necessary until all the necessary disinfecting is completed.

On July 1, the Lake Front Park swimming pool opened, and residents swam at their own risk. Smith said the Lake Front Park Aquatic Facility had 20,816 patrons visit this past summer.

“The city received positive feedback from the community regarding the policies and procedures that were implemented due to COVID-19,” Smith said. “Several of the residents commended the lifeguard staff on their professionalism and how the guards served as role models in social distancing and wearing masks.”

One lifeguard was reported as testing positive Aug. 5 for COVID-19, so city officials immediately closed the pool. After it was thoroughly disinfected, the pool reopened several days later.