Masks required at all gyms in CT starting Monday

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Some new rules regarding all gyms in Connecticut go into effect Monday.

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is requiring all gyms and fitness centers in the state to require people to wear masks while inside — no exceptions.

Any group fitness classes, dance studios, yoga and martial arts centers must roll back to 25% capacity, which had initially been at 50%.

People must maintain a minimum 6 feet when inside.

In addition, team sports or group training must be kept to four people or fewer.

“I think the mask requirement is necessary, honestly, especially this moment in society that we are at, I think it’s very important that we all wear masks,” said Farmington resident, Ryan Cermiglia.

“It just makes working out a little bit harder and a little bit more uncomfortable, I would say,” added Massimo Didomenico, of Newington. “We’ve been to other gyms where they didn’t require it you just had social distance, which is a little bit better. It just gets hard when you’re lifting or doing cardio.”

For some businesses, like Hartford Sweat, the mask requirement won’t work. The gym is known for its heated bikram yoga, which can be dangerous is done while wearing a mask.

Because of that health and safety issue, Hartford Sweat has canceled in-person classes until Jan. 19.

“The added layer of having the discomfort is…it’s something we made the call of… is it really worth it to try and ask people to do that and then continue on, so, it’s two months?” said Harford Sweat’s Tory Brogan.

All sporting activities except for collegiate and professional have been paused until Jan. 19, 2021. Teams that view themselves as professional must obtain approval from DECD.

All scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics and tournaments including all interscholastic, pick-up games and other informal athletic activities are also prohibited.

More guidance can be found on the state’s website.

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