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NEWS | June 30, 2020

The Air Base Fitness Center open with restrictions

By Airman 1st Class Cory Davis Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 628th Force Support Squadron’s operations at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, have recently started to open back up.


The Air Base Fitness Center is open, but restrictions have been put in place due to COVID-19.


“When the military members come in, they have to have on a mask,” said Master Sgt. Sandra Coleman, 628th FSS fitness and sports section chief . “We go over the COVID-19 questionnaire and we also have our rules printed out. The newest thing is that customers do not have to wear a mask while they're working out. As they transition from equipment or machines, they do have to put their mask back on. They have to abide by the rule capacity numbers and maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distance.”


Coleman added that the fitness center team has spaced all the equipment out in order to ensure six feet of physical distance.


“Customers must wipe down all equipment bars, handles, seats, et cetera,” she said. “There is no equipment that will be handed out and all members must exit through the hurricane port into the lobby where they will check out with us. Also personnel must come in proper fitness attire, changing is not permitted.”


1st Lt. Brian Boarman, officer in charge of fitness and sports, outlined the gym facilities that are closed at this time.


“Currently at the Air Base Fitness Center, our parent child room is closed,” he said. “The spin room, the racquetball courts, the Alpha Warrior rig and the aerobics room are all closed, as well as the locker rooms, the sauna and the showers.”


Boarman also described who is allowed in the Air Base Fitness Center and what times they are allowed to be there.


“Right now it is all active duty, guard and reserve members only,” he said “We do not have 24-hour access right now, nor do we have weekend hours. The reason is we wouldn't have the staff to clean it. We're open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.”

Boarman encouraged members to visit 628th FSS Facebook page and sign up for their fitness program that can  be done at home: .