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Quincy University fitness center reopens with new guidelines

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Despite a recent spike in Adams County COVID-19 cases, a number of businesses continue to reopen.

The Quincy University fitness center just opened at Noon Monday.

A university official said there are wipes, reminder signs and other options to remind people to put safety first.

Madelyn Spagnola is a student athlete at Quincy University who said she's glad their doors are open.

"I think the school has taken really good precautions and I just feel that every person here will feel safe when they come here," Spagnola said.

She said people need to be responsible against COVID-19 when they do go to workout.

"It's a human matter where we need to look out for each other and ourselves," Spagnola said.

The university's vice president of intercollegiate athletics said although doors are reopened to the public, it does come with changes and a set of rules that members must follow.

"People are required to wear a mask into the facility and when they exit the facility," QU Athletic Director Marty Bell said. "There will certainly be limits on numbers like in our weight room facility.

They're allowing 10 people at a time in the weight room and 50 people in the cardio center.

Bell said the rules are not recommendations, they're expectations.

He said action will be taken for those who don't follow those guidelines.

"We can't have "x" number of people in here and one person not comply and put those people in harms way," Bell said. "So, if people aren't going to comply they're going to be asked to leave."

"30 cases or none, it is a big deal and it can spread to anyone," Spagnola said. "So I just feel as Quincy we need to take it serious."

Bell says their hours are reduced to give them more time to sanitize.

Hours for the center are Monday through Friday Noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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