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Businesses continue to reopen

The team at McKinley Auction and Real Estate Co. is officially back and operational. Nathan Skaggs, Sandra Rowlett, and Josh McKinley (left to right) have spent the past two months working under quarantine. Photo by Drew Bergman.

By Drew Bergman

As part of Governor Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen Kentucky’s economy several businesses resumed this week.

Around the state auction houses, automotive racetracks, bowling alleys, fitness centers, Kentucky State Park Lodges, including the one at Lake Cumberland, movie theaters and sport aquatic centers were able to reopen.

Among those businesses reopening are Club Fit and McKinley Auction & Real Estate Co.
Club Fit has been closed down since March 18 at which time they paused the memberships of their clients. Now that they are re-opened the expiration dates of all their month-to-month and paid-in-full memberships will be extended for the amount of time their facilities were closed.

“It’s regular operations, 24-hour access,” co-owner Landon Helm said. “We have tanning open, it’s women’s only. Classes are going to be limited to ten people or less and we’re working on that.”

Club Fit’s other locations in Somerset and Campbellsville (Extreme Fitness) are likewise open.

The people at McKinley Auction & Real Estate Co. had kept up their work in the down time, working under quarantine. With the novel coronavirus hitting densely populated urban areas hard and people looking to move out to areas more lightly peopled, they and other real estate firms have been selling a lot of homes now and are eager to take on new listings. With only three people on the team, their office is ideal for them to maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future.

One business that is not yet open to the public is Laker Lanes. The coronavirus shutdown hit them with about four weeks left in their winter league season and their first priority is to allow those leagues to finish out. League officials will be in contact with members about scheduling for those events and Laker Lanes will have more information available as the situation progresses.
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Zach Carney gets right back to work at Club Fit after the coronavirus shutdown which lasted 60 days. Photo by Drew Bergman.

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