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Will you go back to the gym now that they’re reopening? What Chicagoans say.

“I don’t want to work out in a mask.” “Yes but with extra precautions.” “Going to wait to long enough for all the bros to infect each other, get sick and have to stay home.”

In Chicago, gyms will be open, but you’ll need to work out with a face mask. Equipment will either be six feet apart — or, in smaller facilities, separated by clear plastic screens.
In Chicago, gyms will be open, but you’ll need to work out with a face mask. Equipment will either be six feet apart — or, in smaller facilities, separated by clear plastic screens.
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As Chicago and Illinois move into Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, gyms are among the long-shutdown establishments permitted to reopen as of Friday, with safety requirements that include social distancing and having to wear a face mask to work out at a gym.

So we asked Chicagoans: Will you be hitting the gym again now that you can? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“Definitely not. I have been wanting to have a regular workout plan, but gyms are probably where a lot of people are gonna get sick.” — Miguel Pizana

“Still on the fence. Masks, of course, but I’d probably stick to one machine and disinfecting it, along with hand sanitizer. I’ve gained too much weight.” — Stephanie Delph

“Yes. Our gym opened a couple of weeks ago, and it is clean, and everyone is happier and less stressed. Everyone came back, plus lots of new members.” — Deb Fitzpatrick

“I am going to wait 10 to 14 days — just long enough for all the bros to infect each other, get sick and have to stay home. An empty, disinfected gym is a happy, safe gym.” — Ralph Meissner

“Yes but with extra precautions. Got my own Lysol, Clorox wipes and my hand sanitizer.” — Juana Piqui Sosa

“Possibly. More likely for lap swim than weights. The child care won’t be open (rightly), so my options are limited time-wise.” — Joanna Milano

“Yes, I will be returning to my gym. They are taking extra precautions.” — Brandon Matheis

“Nope! I will stick with my home gym for a while. Maybe the end of the year or next year if everything is OK.” — Tony Williams

“No. I have an elderly mother and don’t want to take unnecessary risk.” — Susan Doris

“I’m going to give it a month and see what happens.” — Robert Sarich

“I go mostly in the winter months and rarely in the summer, so it will be a while.” — Laura Starr

“Yes. I have eaten too much pizza!” — Michael Marsh

“Eww, no. Home workouts from here on out!” — Kelly Morgan

“Nope. People didn’t follow protocols prior to this, and they were simple.” — Nancy Dwyer

“Not until I see that gyms aren’t going to be a risk. I enjoyed my gym, but people were not cleaning or following regular rules before COVID-19. I can’t trust that this will be different.” — Natalie Marie Jordan

“Not yet. I only use the warm therapy pool at our park district in Carol Stream, and it’s not open yet. This COVID period has been difficult for me. I had found a regular exercise (I went 4 days a week) with the pool group. I have not found a good replacement.” — Bobette Staley

“Definitely, but my club doesn’t open until Saturday, and classes start on Monday if I make it in their allotted class size.” — Maureen Chiricotti

“Nope. I’ll see how the first batch turns out!” — Chynna Nevels

“Still not comfortable.” — Sharon P. Schneider

“No, I don’t want to wear a mask and gloves to work out. I’ll do it at home instead.” — Laura Freeman

“My garage gym has been open 24/7 during the shutdown. I’ve never missed a workout.” — Patrick Fitzmaurice

“My gym says it won’t require any members to wear masks while exercising. So that’s a definite NOPE.” — Tanya Meyer

“No yoga for me, I will wait till it is safe.” — Frank Sokol

“I haven’t been to the gym in 10 years. Why start now?” — Craig Breitenbucher