Rogue Valley gyms “prepared” if Jackson County scales back to Extreme

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore — With Jackson County being on extreme risk watch starting Friday, fitness centers are gearing up to scale back.

Rogue Rock Gym opened its doors in 2005, and is southern Oregon’s first and only full service indoor climbing gym.

Like many other fitness centers during the pandemic, it had to close its door twice within the past year.

Right now under the county’s high risk level, the center  is open to 50 guests including walk-ins. Under extreme, it was only exclusively available for members.

“We just reopened back up February 1st. Hopefully its our last reopening.” Staff member Tyler Seutter said.

The Ashland Family YMCA, sees an average of 360 people per day. While it may not have had a capacity issue under the extreme level, the community relations director acknowledges that it did force changes to indoor activities allowed.

The “Y” and Rogue Rock say the hardest part of closing during the first part of shutdowns was not seeing their members. Despite potential restrictions, the YMCA plans to include indoor and outdoor classes next month.

“you don’t want to anticipate Jackson County going back to extreme but that is the reality.” Ashland Family YMCA community relations director Michele Mitzel said.


Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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