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Salem Community Center set for phased reopening

SALEM — The Salem Community Center and CenterPlex will reopen June 1, but it won’t be business as usual — safety measures will come into play and not all activities and amenities will return just yet.

“This is our Phase 1,” SCC Executive Director Heather Young said.

Members will be welcome to work out on the fitness floor, swim lane laps or do water exercises in the pool, practice their jump shot with another family member, walk on the track or play pickleball singles.

But at this time, there will be no day passes, no programs or classes, no team sports, no lessons or personal training, no Children’s Fitness Center, no open swim, no showers, no child care and no room rentals.

Masks will be mandatory upon entry for both members and employees except when exercising on equipment that is 6 feet apart to practice social distancing and while in the water. Even when walking from one machine to the next, a mask should be worn.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” Young said.

She tested wearing a mask while exercising on a machine and started feeling the effect of not getting enough oxygen after just 10 minutes, so that’s why the mask won’t be required while working out.

Use of the pool will be by reservation only to reserve a lane for a time slot. Lane lines separate each lane and lanes are wide enough for social distancing.

She commented the pool will be the easiest to control and the safest with the chlorine and UV system keeping the water sanitized. Some fitness and aerobic classes are still being held virtually online for now. She said any programming, including for kids, would be difficult with the social distance requirements. Considering the age of members runs the gamut from young to seniors in their 90s, they had to take that into account to keep everybody safe.

She said the main focus on reopening is the members because they’re the ones who support SCC with everything.

An email detailing the new rules and hours was being sent to members, along with information on memberships. Information will be posted on the SCC website at www.salemcommunitycenter.com or by following the SCC Facebook page for the latest updates.

Prior to reopening, the SCC phones at 330-332-5885 will be manned on May 26, 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist members with questions about the rules or membership status. Annual memberships have been extended, monthly memberships will be reactivated upon return swipe, EFT memberships will be withdrawn on June 20 and corporate memberships will be invoiced on June 15. Membership cards will be used for non-contact check-in and all transactions will be paperless.

Equipment has been set up for social distancing and Plexiglass barriers have been added where possible. Signage is up to direct members and there is increased intensive cleaning and sanitizing.

In a press release, it was noted that Tu-Dor Physical Therapy/Phoenix Rehabilitation will remain open as normal for appointments and should be contacted directly with questions.

Young said the month of June will be used to focus on doing everything in a safe manner, then the hope is to gradually add services while remaining safe.

“We miss all the members,” she said.

The staff is excited to have the members come back but want everybody to stay safe. Users must bring their own masks and may want to bring more than one. The supply of masks at the SCC is limited and there are 150 employees to cover, so that’s why members must bring their own. If necessary, a mask can be provided.

“We just ask for everybody’s patience and flexibility. Be kind. We want to be respectful to everybody,” Young said.

New hours of operation at SCC will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

CenterPlex hours will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for the walking track and pickle ball singes play only.

Members will be asked to bring their own water bottle and if an area is full, wait in their car until space is open. No congregating will be allowed in common areas. All surfaces/equipment must be wiped down before and after use and it will be recommended that members don’t bring personal items inside. For basketball, no pickup games will be allowed and members should bring their own basketball.

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