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Local Family-Oriented Gyms, Fitness Centers and Dance Studios Collaborate To Reopen Safely

Jump Start Gymnastics in Beachwood

On Sunday, April 26, a total of 18 gyms, fitness centers, and family-focused entertainment centers from Cleveland’s east side united with a goal to brainstorm an action plan and best practices in order to meet the strict sanitation and social distancing protocols outlined by Governor DeWine for reopening Ohio.

While in usual circumstances these local, small and (in some cases fledging) businesses may not have collaborated, these businesses have proactively formed a community in order to help each other find a path forward in these difficult times. The meeting was organized and hosted by Maureen Eppich, owner of Jump Start Gymnastics. “The goal of the meeting was to set standards of safety, sanitization, and social distancing that will gain the trust of families and clientele to return to the facilities,” said Eppich.

Paula Pascarella, owner of The Little Gym in Shaker Heights, contributed by providing a list of The Little Gym International’s recommended list of products to clean and disinfect the facility and equipment. Annie Richman, owner of Shaker Rocks Climbing Gym, openly shared the strict protocols they put in place in preparation for opening. “We will continue to have a one- to-six instructor/climber ratio for classes and plan to limit capacity to 50% of fire code occupancy.”

Next steps for the group involve surveying their customers to make sure they are not only following the restrictions set forth by the state of Ohio, but addressing concerns and expectations of their customers. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Denise Carkhuff, founder of Adrenaline Monkey, an indoor adventure center.  “We will thoughtfully approach our re-openings and do whatever it takes to make our facilities safely available to our customers as soon as possible. We will not rush to reopen before we are ready to provide the safety and customer service that our customers demand and deserve.”

Participating facilities include:
Adrenaline Monkey
Ballet Studio, The
City Ballet of Cleveland
Ecole de Pole
Extreme Pump It Up Fitness
Fitness Plus
Jump Start Gymnastics
Little Gym of Shaker Heights, The
Little Stars Gymnastics
Murphy's Irish Arts Center
Nola Movements
Overload Fitness
Shaker Rocks
Somatic Center, The
Studio J Academy of Dance
Thrive Arts Center
Verb Ballet
Wilhelm Dance Studio