DILWORTH, Minn. — For more than 3 months, employees and gym members at Anytime Fitness in South Moorhead have not been able to work out, but on Wednesday, June 10, staff applauded as they welcomed back their fellow fitness enthusiasts.
All across Minnesota, the reopening plan's phase three allowed business owners to reopen their doors, and they are eager to get back to work.
"It has been awhile, we've honestly all been really stir-crazy." said James Webster, Anytime Fitness results manager.
Webster manages five locations in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and said he and others are anxious to get back to business while keeping customers safe.
Once every hour, staff will sanitize equipment. In addition, there will special times during the day when seniors will be allowed into the gym to workout.
"We just ask everybody to wipe down their equipment before and after use just for their safety and the safety of others," Webster said.
At Red Hen Tap House in Dilworth, the cleaning is complete and the employees are back and waiting for the customers to return.
"I think customers are excited to come back and get the new normal, I guess," said Dave Erickson, Red Hen Taphouse owner. "It is going to be different since Fargo opened earlier, the confidence is going to be there a lot quicker in Minnesota, at least in our community."
It has been a long 3 months for independent gym and bar owners, but there is hope a balance between business and safety will be found.