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Fitness Center reopens with limited capacity Thursday

By Ann Peterson

Managing editor

 

(Monday, March 15) With Contra Costa’s move to the red tier, the Tice Creek Fitness Center is allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity. The facility will reopen on Thursday, March 18 with a reservation system.

Reservations can be made online, on the app and by phone starting on Wednesday, March 17 at 7 a.m. Click the reservations link at www.ticefitnesscenter.com or call 925-988-7850 to reserve a time. No drop-in or walk-ins will be permitted. General use reservations are limited to no more than two sessions per week and one session per day, with each week beginning on Monday.

Reservations open each day on a rolling schedule, starting at 7 a.m., for the next 14 days.

The Tice indoor pools remain closed and are not allowed to reopen until the county moves to the orange tier.

The Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (starting March 18). Reservations will be made in 90-minute blocks with 75 minutes of general session use and 15 minutes of cleaning.

All residents, regardless of vaccination status, are required to follow all mask, social distancing and other Fitness Center safety guidelines. Rossmoor is following all current federal, state and local guidelines for business operations for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

 

Fitness Center Reopening Rules

Quick Reference Reopening Guide

 

No one is permitted to enter the facility if they have a temperature of 100.4 or greater within the last 48 hours, have returned from out of the country travel within the last 14 days, have symptoms of COVID-19 (including cough or shortness of breath) or have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Contra Costa Health Services has informed Rossmoor that face masks must be worn at all times while in the Fitness Center, even while working out.

Drinking fountains are closed so participants must bring their own water or water bottle.

The Fitness Center is open to residents only. Care providers are allowed as long as they wear a mask and maintain 6-feet of physical distance. Care providers do not need to make a reservation.

Virtual and in-person personal training are available by appointments. Contact fitnessdesk@rossmoor.com, fitnessmanager@rossmoor.com or one of the personal trainers directly for information. Personal training sessions do not count towards the two-times a week, one-time a day general use reservations. Residents cannot schedule personal training and general use reservations at the same time and cannot use the facility immediately before or after their sessions.

In-person group classes have not yet resumed because they cannot be effectively run with the current red-tier 10% capacity limit.

In-person Pilates Reformer classes – limited to a maximum of four participants per session – will begin shortly after the facility reopens. Class schedules and reservations will be posted once the schedule is set. Reformer classes do not count towards the two-times a week, one-time per day general use reservations.

Because of the capacity limitations, Fitness Center staff remind residents that canceling reservations a minimum of two hours in advance is important. This can open the time slot for other residents. Failure to cancel in advance on multiple occasions may result in a loss of reservations privileges for a period of time.

Reservations can be canceled online and on the app or by calling 925-988-7850. Cancelations by voicemail or email are not allowed.

Creekside Grill reopens indoors

On Monday, March 15, Creekside Grill reopened for indoor dining at 25% capacity, which means about 30 diners, said owner Stan Gedeon. Another 10 or so can be seated at tables in the building’s foyer, and the bar can accommodate about 10 people – without stools.

“It’s hard to keep people 6 feet apart” with stools, he said.

Gedeon also said he hopes to have approval from GRF by the end of this week to use the Fairway Room or the Club Room in the same building for more indoor restaurant seating.

He and his staff are more than ready to go – all have had at least one of their COVID-19 vaccinations by Monday, and will soon be fully vaccinated.

Though wary of the cycle of openings and closings that have happened over the past year, Gedeon is optimistic that momentum is swinging away from the COVID-related restrictions.

“I think the shots will keep the coronavirus down moving ahead,” he said. “We’re praying.”

The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are also still available. For information, visit https://www.creekside-grill.com/ or call 925-954-1063.

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