As the “happy place” for many, CrossFit 11:24 reopened late April in Marietta, Georgia, after shutting down for the pandemic.
Callie Cooke, a co-owner of the Box, said her and her husband felt comfortable enough with the precautions they had in place to reopen. Plus, they knew people were itching to leave home and the gym was a safe place for them to go. “We created and have grown a family at CrossFit 11:24, and each relationship was certainly missed throughout the quarantine period,” said Cooke.
Since reopening, the gym has been performing the below to keep members safe:
With the above precautions in place, Cooke said they are up and running. Members have responded well. “So many have been so grateful we’ve chosen to open,” she said.
However, there are some members with underlying at-risk conditions who have chosen to remain at home. As such, Cooke said they are still providing at-home workouts. “This decision has been 100% respected, and we’ve certainly extended grace to whomever chooses to remain in a shelter-in-place,” she said. “We understand the uncertainty in the world.”
For other gyms looking to reopen, Cooke said it is important to not judge someone’s decision to not come back to the gym right away. But it’s also essential to do all you can to be safe. “You can’t take enough precautionary measures,” she said. “If you think you’re doing too much, good. It’s better to be over cautious than under cautious.”