Tempe to re-close gyms at community centers due to 'alarming increase in COVID-19 cases'

Posted at 10:19 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:56:14-05

TEMPE — The city of Tempe announced that, due to the "alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks locally and statewide," gyms at community centers will re-close.

Officials plan to close fitness centers inside the community centers of Kiwanis, North Tempe, Escalante and Westside "until further notice," according to a statement released Friday.

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In addition to the closure, the City is halting sports tournaments in an effort to avoid large gatherings.

The Tempe City Hall, Tempe History Museum, Edna Vihel Arts Center, Pyle Adult Recreation Center, Tempe Center for the Arts, as well as all senior centers in the city remain closed.

The announcement comes days after Arizona Gov. Ducey issues new rules for large events, when they are approved, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.