How about a respite from politics today? It’s Sunday. Let’s talk pandemic — that other scourge!
If every Hawaii essential store, hair and nail salon, restaurant, airport and airline observed the meticulous client control and sanitation measures of the Kaimuki YMCA, I think we’ve have a better handle on new infection by the corona virus 19.
The last week of October, the Y got the okay to move to the city’s Tier 2 reopening phase. It decided to do it with baby steps, not one big leap.
First, some new pool-reservation rules to accommodate more people but maintaining the strict safety rules. Then, very gradually, experimenting with indoor fitness programs for individuals and some group exercise classes.
But, the indoor exercise facility allows no more than 25% of its normal capacity, only 4 people are allowed at any time for group exercise classes and the outdoor exercise/pool group exercise classes cannot exceed 9 people.
That means very limited access, keeping many staffers on furlough, and humbug for members who used to be on wait lists for the cardio machines. They can reserve spots for the gym and the pool 2 days in advance if they know how to navigate the computerized system. Not simple for those with limited computer knowledge. But it is keeping Covid out —- so far.
To make up for the in-person limitations, the Y is live streaming some 80+ exercise classes each week.
In person, you can reserve a 90-minute indoor workout or 45 minutes for a pool lane (there are 5 of them.) The 15 minute break is for the lifeguard to use hospital-grade disinfectant spray on everything swimmers touched and their belongings baskets.
Newer baby steps include slotting pool time for older to disabled members who want to just do stationary water exercises and a “family swim” single lane for 2 family members — one using the deep end; the other the shallow end. I use a lane on average 3 times a week.
There’s also the “Virtual Y” via computer for more than 100 on-demand group exercise classes, nutrition workshops, introductory personal training sessions, health and safety classes for active older adults, ukulele practice sessions and book clubs.
Masks are required at all times, except when in the pool water.
Use of disinfectant spray battles is required for those exercising on the indoor machines.
Pasted arrows show where you can and cannot walk.
It’s a bit like being in a hospital (temperature checks and sickness questions) but you know things are not being handled in the casual way some Honolulu gyms operated before new rules went into effect.
Safety is taking front stage.