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Vinton sports complex expanding two services in Phase Three of reopening

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VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — As Virginia prepares to move into Phase Three of reopening Wednesday, one business is making final adjustments to offer more services.

Lancerlot Sports Complex is expanding use of two areas for members and allowing access again.

One portion that will see changes in Phase Three — which goes into effect Wednesday, July 1 — is the ice rink. The rink will offer more programs, including practice hockey camps and an introductory league for adults.

General manager Joe Miller says skaters can practice drills, but contact on the ice will remain limited, which means competitive games are still prohibited.

In addition, no more than 20 people will be allowed on the ice at one time; each session will last between 60 and 75 minutes, with extensive cleaning following each one; and social distancing will be enforced.

“The sooner that we all adhere to the guidelines, hopefully the sooner we all as a society can move to being fully operational and back to normal,” Miller said. “I think that’s what everybody wants.”

The outdoor pool will be open to members only for the time being.

The complex’s outdoor pool will reopen Monday, July 6 to members. There will be recreational swimming allowed instead of just fitness instructions.

However, Miller says only 18 people — including adults and children — will be allowed in the water at the same time.

There are several procedures remaining in place for the foreseeable future.

For example, Miller says each guest will be screened before being allowed inside the complex. They will be asked questions, including the status of their own health, recent travel and their contact with anyone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Miller says there are TV monitors and posters around the complex to remind people of health recommendations and social distancing.

The equipment in the fitness center is spaced out at least 10 feet apart, cleaned after each use, and staff sanitized by the staff every hour.

Miller says his staff of 90 employees placed “Green X” markers to indicate where guests can sit to promote social distancing. The staff also has to wear face coverings whenever helping members, and wash their hands often while on the clock.

Even as some services are expanding, Miller says there are still restrictions he’s comfortable implementing.

“We’re not booking birthday parties. Our banquet room is closed, showers closed, water fountains closed,” Miller said. “Our cardio classes are limited in the amount of people who can be there. We’re not offering public ice skating to the general public. We’re not selling day passes or guest passes. There are things that are still in place that we have to restrict and we don’t feel comfortable fully opening under all the Phase Three guidelines.”

Gov. Ralph Northam says each phase of re-opening will last for at least two weeks.

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