The Forgotten Coast Fitness & Wellness Center, located in the city municipal complex, in Apalachicola, reopened Tuesday, May 26, but with strict rules in place.


The board of directors developed guidelines intended to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of members and staff. These guidelines remain in full force and effect until canceled or modified by the board.


The center will open only when staffed, with operating hours slated for Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until noon; and 1 until 7 p.m, with machines cleaned between noon and 1 p.m.


The center will also open Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m., and will be closed Sundays.


Social distancing guidelines are in effect and will be enforced. Staff and trainers will wear a face mask at all times and in all areas of the center; members are encouraged to wear face masks.


Six-feet-apart-distancing is required in the free weight and stretching areas. One-machine-apart-distancing is required in the machine area.


Staff will take each member's temperature prior to entry. Members with a temperature reading above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be denied access. Anyone with symptoms of illness will be denied access or asked to leave.


The fingerprint scanner will be temporarily disabled. The entry door will remain open during operating hours. Staff will monitor in and out traffic.


The aerobics area is off limits to members unless accompanied by staff. There will be no group classes or group instruction until further notice.


The number of members allowed in the facility at the same time will not exceed 15, which does not include staff. Work-out times are limited to no more than one hour when there are 15 members in the facility.


Cardio work-outs, such as those on treadmills and bikes, are limited to 30 minutes.


Memberships will remain temporarily paused until the center receives a request from a member to activate their membership.


No new memberships will be sold until further notice. Anyone who within the past 12 months was a monthly member, may renew their membership. No day or week memberships will be sold until further notice.