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down to 139 to allow for more distanced
climbing. Locker rooms have limited capacity
and showers are closed.
“It's great having members back in
the gym,” said Casey King, general
manager. “Members have been overwhelmingly
supportive and respectful
of the policies.”
The gym has all policies and an informational
video online so climbers
know what to expect. Members and
visitors now need to book online if
they’re coming after 5 p.m., and daytime
climbers need to leave for evening
cleanings. Temperature checks,
checking in and out, and masks are
now required. Yoga and fitness classes
will remain online for now.
The facility is staying clean with an
HVAC system rated to filter out traces
of COVID-19, and the staff disinfects
commonly touched surfaces hourly
with hospital-grade cleaner. There are
hand sanitizing stations throughout
the facility and free liquid chalk instead
of buckets of chalk.
“I think the community is excited to
have the gym back and members are
psyched to do whatever it takes to maintain
a clean, open gym,” King said.
Photos by Gabrielle Piamonte
Photos by Victor Poliseno
Photos by Stephen Ferguson
The Cliffs at LIC
11-11 44TH DR., LONG ISLAND
Before rock climbers come to The
Cliffs at LIC, they can check the occupancy
counter online to see if there’s
space. The capacity has been lowered
from the normal occupancy of 737
25-50 31ST ST., ASTORIA
CrossFit Queens passed its health
inspection and has been welcoming
members back for open gym hours
since Sept. 8.
Members need to make a reservation
before coming to the gym, fill out
a health survey upon arrival, take their
temperature and follow new cleaning
procedures. While classes aren’t allowed
yet, they need to stick to a preset,
socially distanced workout areas
designated for each person and can’t
Workout times are limited to an hour,
which means members can’t hang out
after exercising to socialize.
Closing took a huge hit on business,
and the gym saw cancellations as people
tightened their budgets, said Stephen
Ferguson, gym manager.
While the gym offered online classes,
individualized coaching, at-home
programming, workouts at the park,
and equipment rental, it was hard for
members to be apart, he said.
“Community is a huge benefit to being
a member at CFQNYC and our community
really missed being together in
the gym and sharing the experience of
working out together,” Ferguson said.
Daily online classes are still available.
He said he looks forward to welcoming
people back who feel comfortable
working out in person.