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West Monroe Recreation Center reopens to the public

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 8:40 PM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The West Monroe Rec Center has reopened to the public for the first time since the pandemic. There are now tighter restrictions in place to ensure people’s safety.

Everyone must wear a mask and temperatures are checked at the door.

“It makes me feel good to let me know, okay, I can get up in the morning and I can do something that makes myself feel positive about myself,” said Youth League scoreboard keeper Mike Handy.

Handy said reopening the rec center gives kids a place to go after school.

“It’s a good atmosphere here. It’s different from other gyms around this region. I feel like everything is safe. Like even before this pandemic, they make sure everything is on the up and up,” said Handy.

The director of Parks and Recreation for the city said new measures are being taken to keep people safe. They are limiting fitness classes like Zumba and line dance to ten people. They are also only allowing free throws on the basketball court and all players only have an hour to shoot around.

“We are disinfecting the basketballs and everything properly. We’re using a micro ban spray,” said Stuart Hodnett.

The upstairs weight room is now limited to four people. The downstairs facility is limited to three. It is left up to each person to clean the equipment after they use it.

“We wanna make sure everybody’s safe, and do the social distancing thing. Continue with that and also, just be smart when you come out. Don’t have any contact if you’re free shooting or in the weight room,” said Hodnett.

The Rec said it anticipates adding more group fitness classes at the beginning of 2021.

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