Shift Supervisor Geana Silvestri, front, and Fitness Attendant Marvin Espeleta, wipe down and sanitize equipment in the free-weight section of the Paradise Fitness gym in Dededo on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. In the latest round of lifted restrictions by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, gyms, fitness centers and dance studios will be allowed to resume indoor operations, but each will be subject to limits of no more than 25% occupancy load and must abide to applicable Department of Public Health and Social Services guidance. Paradise Fitness, with locations in Hagåtña, Tumon and Dededo, is preparing its facilities to reopen and welcome back its patrons beginning 8:00 a.m., Saturday morning. (Photo: Rick Cruz/PDN)

The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a major impact on the physical and mental health of residents placed on lockdown. After a month off, Guam residents are ready to hit the gym. 

Announced on Oct. 1 by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, fitness and gym centers can reopen on Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. The order will also bring the return of social gatherings, worship services, and parks and beaches — but with strict social distancing requirements.

“We have been getting constant emails and text messages via social media asking when we are going to open,” said Samantha Sablan, the owner of Custom Fitness Guam. “The response is really good; people are looking forward to it.” 

The rules and regulations in place from the new order, according to Sablan, were similar to what Custom Fitness followed before the lockdown. Even at 25% capacity, the fitness center operated below the requirement. 

“We are not going to have all of our classes at first and are going to limit the number of participants,” Sablan said. “For the most part, we are not changing anything because we were already in compliance with the rules.” 

Sablan said Custom Fitness’s capacity accommodates 130 people, but during the pandemic, they welcomed 20 people at any given time. 

“We are going to start even smaller this time to make sure people feel comfortable with our safety and cleaning procedures,” Sablan said. 

“For the most part, we are not changing anything,” Sablan added.

Masks required at Paradise Fitness

During the first reopening, Paradise Fitness recommended members to wear masks but the protocol