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Photos Showing Montrealers’ MUCH Anticipated Return To Gyms (FIRST LOOK)

Gyms gave us a peek at their first day back in business!
Photos Showing Montrealers’ MUCH Anticipated Return To Gyms (FIRST LOOK)

Today was a highly-anticipated day for Montreal fitness buffs, as gyms reopened in red zones across Quebec. 

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Alessa Mattia, co-founder of REBL UNION — a boxing-inspired cardio and strength gym in Griffintown — told MTL Blog the first day back "went great." 

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She said pretty much all available spots were booked up throughout the day and that the gym could legally accommodate eight people at a time based on its square footage to ensure social distancing.

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Nadia Verchinskaia, who owns the Sud-Ouest location of 30 Minute Hit said, "it has been incredible to be back after six months of closures [...] people are extremely excited" — and, according to her, clients are also happy to follow protocols like wearing gloves and staying four metres apart.  

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Kamila Bryla who owns Goplana, an Eastern European street food restaurant down the street, appeared in a video eating a donut outside the gym: "Guys, 30 Minute Hit is open. We can eat more donuts," she said, laughing.* 

In terms of occupancy, Gym St-Henri posted on Facebook at around 7:30 a.m. to let members know "Gym traffic is OK," and as of 6 p.m. no Nautilus Plus locations near Montreal were at full capacity, based on its real-time tracker — Centre Rockland and Bois-Franc were both around 30% full. 

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*This article has been updated.