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Jackson rec announce reopening plans

The Jackson County Recreation Centers in Cullowhee and Cashiers will reopen on Monday, Sept. 14, but with significant operational changes. 

To use the centers, people must call one day in advance to make a reservation, with space limited to the first 12 people in each time slot. Individuals may only reserve time for themselves and/or for immediate family members and may reserve only one hour-long time slot per day. The facilities are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays, and phones reservations can be placed 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. 

Seniors ages 55 and older will have exclusive access to the facilities 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays. 

Showers, lockers and water fountains will be closed, and masks are mandatory when not in a workout room. Equipment such as basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls will not be available for checkout, and basketball courts are open for individual play only, with visitors required to bring their own balls. The aerobics and spinning room will remain closed, and only half the cardio equipment will be available. Group fitness classes will continue in online or outdoor formats only. 

To make a reservation, call the Cullowhee center at 828.293.3053 or the Cashiers/Glenville center at 828.631.2020.

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