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Fitness Center opens immunocompromised room, fitness bubble

Officials from the Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Fitness and Sports Center have opened a designated workout room for immunocompromised customers. The room is open to eligible Hanscom personnel and up to four same-home family members by appointment only. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

Officials from the Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Fitness and Sports Center have opened a designated workout room for immunocompromised customers. The room is open to eligible Hanscom personnel and up to four same-home family members by appointment only. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center has created a designated space for immunocompromised personnel to utilize during the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The room will allow individuals and families who require additional distancing needs to exercise during scheduled sessions of 90 minutes or less.

“There are members of our community who need to take extra precautions,” said Jerry Turnbow, Fitness and Sports Center director. “Our hope is this room will give them peace of mind.”

Fitness staff converted a racquetball court to include two weight benches, hand weights and bars, mats, a balance ball, and cardio equipment. Workers sanitize the room and equipment between each patron.

The room is open to eligible Hanscom customers and up to four family members from the same home. Personnel can schedule a workout session by calling the fitness center at 781-225-6630, and enter through the facility’s side-door entrance adjacent to Marrett Street.

Officials also opened the fitness bubble for physical training sessions for groups of 10 or less per state and local guidance. The tennis net has been removed from the bubble and personnel are able to use all workout equipment in the space.

“It’s a great opportunity for teams to start getting fit and healthy before fitness assessments resume in January,” said Turnbow.

Members can reserve the bubble by calling the fitness center at the number above. The requester will sign out the bubble key from the front desk and return it after the session with a roster of all unit participants.

Staff members will continue to sanitize the facility, but ask that fitness bubble patrons do their part in ensuring equipment is wiped down properly after use.

Bathroom access is available in the two bathrooms of the Bowling Alley hallways through the side entrance marked by arrows.

“We’re going to great lengths to keep our customers and our staff safe while they work to stay fit and healthy,” said Turnbow.

Face coverings are required in both the immunocompromised room and fitness bubble.