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McConnell's Fitness Center opens with restrictions

Airman Moise Azuma, 22nd Force Support Squadron fitness and sports apprentice, sanitizes dumbbells June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The staff cleans the facility thoroughly twice a day, without customers present as an extra sanitation measure to keep everyone healthy who works and uses the gym. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Airman Moise Azuma, 22nd Force Support Squadron fitness and sports apprentice, sanitizes dumbbells June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The staff cleans the facility thoroughly twice a day, without customers present as an extra sanitation measure to keep everyone healthy who works and uses the gym. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Caution tape drapes over gym equipment to help customers follow social distancing guidelines June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The facility opened with a few noticeable changes that allow Airmen to bring an element of fitness into their daily routines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Caution tape drapes over gym equipment to help customers follow social distancing guidelines June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The facility opened with a few noticeable changes that allow Airmen to bring an element of fitness into their daily routines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Lockers in the men’s locker room are blocked off to practice social distancing June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The locker rooms are available for use for the first time since the start of the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Lockers in the men’s locker room are blocked off to practice social distancing June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The locker rooms are available for use for the first time since the start of the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

The entry way of the gymnasium bears a new sign which informs customers of the maximum number of occupants authorized inside at a time June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The facility opened with limitations while still giving Airmen options to stay fit and safe during the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

The entry way of the gymnasium bears a new sign which informs customers of the maximum number of occupants authorized inside at a time June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The facility opened with limitations while still giving Airmen options to stay fit and safe during the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Airman Moise Azuma, 22nd Force Support Squadron fitness and sports apprentice, wipes down treadmills during the sanitation hour June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The facility started these procedures when they reopened on May 19, 2020 and will continue as long as necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

Airman Moise Azuma, 22nd Force Support Squadron fitness and sports apprentice, wipes down treadmills during the sanitation hour June 19, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The facility started these procedures when they reopened on May 19, 2020 and will continue as long as necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stai)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan --

The base Fitness Center closed its doors in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, but reopened on June 8, 2020 with restrictions.  When discussions of opening up Kansas’ economy began, the Fitness Center staff started strategizing ways to protect Airmen while providing a vital pillar in today’s mission — fitness. 

“We worked with the wing commander, public health and used the guidelines posted on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment coronavirus website to create a plan to meet recommended safety measures,” said William Hageman, 22nd Force Support squadron fitness and sports center director. 

Hageman and his staff take pride in the Fitness Center and wanted to ensure best practices were in place before allowing anyone to enter. They dedicate time each day to close the doors and clean all the equipment inside the facility.

“We distribute a bottle of disinfectant spray and ask customers to be responsible with the machines they are using and items they are touching,” said Airman 1st Class Sophia Hunt, 22nd Force Support squadron fitness and sports apprentice.

Open rooms are marked with the maximum allowable capacity, and no one under the age of 16 is authorized in the gym at this time.

 “Some people go to the gym for kind of relief from stress from work or home or whatever they are dealing with, I feel like the gym is a good release for people,” said Hunt.

The Fitness Center staff will continue to be flexible with any needed changes or restrictions to provide the safest environment possible. 

“We want to help them and also make sure they don’t get sick.” said Hunt.

McConnell’s Airmen continued to fuel the fight these last few months while maintaining a healthy balance of mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness to build and sustain a resilient workplace.