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Gyms, public pools among businesses allowed to reopen Tuesday

There's a new normal as businesses get ready to welcome back their customers.

OHIO, USA — It's been about two months since some Ohio businesses closed their doors amid the pandemic -- but beginning Tuesday, places like gyms and bowling alleys can officially reopen.

However, things won't be the same. Equipment has been moved and spaced out and the cleaning process is certainly more intense. It's the new normal as businesses get ready to welcome back their customers.

For gyms and fitness centers, it means giving people enough space during their workouts. Public pools and club pools can reopen if they meet required safety protocols – like cleaning public areas and restrooms every two hours. 

Bowling alleys and mini golf courses can open – but they'll still have to comply with strict social distancing requirements. And all BMV locations will be open for business, but state officials are recommending people try to get as much done online as they can. 

Sports like football and basketball will be allowed to train including weight training and conditioning.  But no high fives or huddles. And scrimmages and games are still not allowed. 

"We want to proceed with cautious optimism that when we follow the proper protocols we can resume the activities and life that we love without negatively impacting the health of our loved ones. As we have said on numerous occasions during the reopening we place our trust in the people of Ohio that we can do both," said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. 

Next week from today, child care centers will also be able to open. But still no word on reopening dates for casinos, water parks and movie theaters. 

For more information on Ohio's plan for reopening, click here

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