SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After being closed due to the healthcare crisis for the last six months, the PAL Weight Room will officially reopen to members on Wednesday, Sept. 16. At this time, members will be required to call ahead to reserve a 45-minute time slot with reservations for separate slots for cardio and strength training being offered to maximize participation and keep everyone safe.

"It's been quiet at the PAL for months. It's an exciting time getting ready to welcome our South Plainfield members back," said Recreation Director Elizabeth Yarus, noting that, in an effort to accommodate residents, all weight room memberships have been extended and updated to account for the six-month closure. 

In reopening the Weight Room, the PAL will be following procedures and guidelines set forth by the New Jersey State Department of Health. Weight room users will be required to wear a mask at all times, including during a workout. To ensure occupancy limits, the doors to the PAL will remain locked; staff will be available to open the doors and complete the check-in procedures upon a member's arrival and reservation time. Additionally, check-In will include a temperature check, signing in and completing a COVID questionnaire, and scanning a PAL ID card. 

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According to Yarus, changes inside the facility have also been made to ensure social distancing; equipment spread out to account for a minimum of 6-foot distance between each item and patrons are requested to stay within their demarcated space and move only to other available sections. Also, to ensure the safety of all members, disinfectant spray and wipes will be available throughout the room and all members are strongly encouraged to wipe equipment thoroughly before and after each use.

"We appreciate the cooperation of our community members in following the guidelines so everyone can safely enjoy the weight room," said Yarus. 

Hours of operation upon reopening will be as follows: Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling (908) 226-7713 during operating hours (Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.) For additional information and updates, follow the 'South Plainfield Department of Recreation' on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthPlainfieldRec. Please note, the basketball gym is not yet reopened; details will be published when they become available. 

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