Community, COVID-19, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Tamarac reopens Monday with extensive safeguards to minimize COVID-19 spread

September 16, 2020

FREMONT, Mich., Sept. 14, 2020 – Tamarac reopens its Wellness Center and pool to members on Monday, Sept. 14, with extensive safety measures that apply to everyone and are designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. The safety measures are detailed in a comprehensive guide available on Tamarac can also mail the guide to members upon request.

Tamarac’s new safety measures require everyone inside the facility to wear a mask at all times, including while exercising and engaging in physical activities, with the exception of activities in the pool.

Tamarac will limit how many people can be inside the Wellness Center at any one time to 25 percent of capacity. This safety measure can better help people observe 6-feet social distancing.

Anyone entering the facility must undergo a screening at entrances, including a temperature check, and all staff must undergo a screening before reporting for work.

Closed since March 16, Tamarac will reopen its fitness floor, free weights area, pool, track and locker rooms. Group classes and personal training will also resume. The Café will be open with limited hours. Child Watch will remain closed until further notice. Tamarac’s next phase of reopening will include additional areas and will be announced at a later date.

Most obvious to anyone returning to Tamarac is its new layout, with equipment spaced out and activity areas rearranged to allow 6-feet social distancing.

Months in the making, Tamarac’s list of safety measures also include the following:

  • Tamarac health guards, much like lifeguards at pools, will patrol the Wellness Center and other areas to wipe down exercise equipment and high-touch areas, as well as help members observe social distancing.
  • Signs will be placed throughout Tamarac reminding people to wear masks, observe 6-feet distancing and wash their hands regularly;

“On behalf of the entire Tamarac family, we are excited to welcome our members and our community back to Tamarac,” said Tamarac Manager Amanda Irwin. “Every step that we have done to reopen is with our associates’ and members’ health and safety in mind. We want to make sure that our members and visitors to Tamarac have the best experience when they walk back through our doors and remain confident in our enhanced safety and cleanliness measures.”

In addition to a wellness center, Tamarac is a medical wellness facility certified by the Medical Fitness Association, which is an international organization that has certified only two other facilities in Michigan and 50 in the entire nation.

Tamarac’s new safety measures are based on scientific evidence, guidance from public health experts and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order signed on Sept. 3.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Azlan Ibrahim
Communications Manager
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