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Fitness Facilities taking what they can get

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 18:33:28-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Multi-purpose fitness facilities have been able to start opening their doors, but it's still a fraction of their old normal. Pools, climbing walls, and outdoor classes are among some of the approved ways to get health and wellness rolling again.

"We're concerned for our members, and we understand why we're closed," JCC of greater Buffalo executive director Rick Zakalik said. "We see what the problem is, but we're very much looking forward to a day when we can reopen."

For now, the outdoor pool is all the JCC has to offer. It's sectioned off into five lanes for either lap swimming or as a designated area for a family by reservation only.

"It is in confined to that place, but it does give families a little bit of comfort in that they're separate and they do have that space away from others," aquatic director Jonathan Palma said.

Zakalik hopes to open the indoor pool at the JCC's Delaware Avenue location within the next week. But he knows it'll come with at least as many regulations as the outdoor pool, if not more.

"We will also use reservations, the same cleaning procedures, and limit the number of people in the pool," Zakalik said.

Jewish Community Centers all over the Untied States have rolled out the My J app, which only caters to registered JCC members for both Buffalo locations at this time.