NEW BERLIN — The pandemic hit small recreational facilities like M & M Gymnastics.
"All the sudden, your business comes to a complete halt. And there's absolutely zero money coming in, and you gotta clean everything. So first thing we did, was come in every single day and clean. I've never worked this hard my whole life, because we are here. It started out, I think 7 in the morning 'til 8 or 9 at night. And then to have to make all these upgrades, with absolutely zero money coming in," M & M Gymastics Owner Andy Memmel said.
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But Memmel used the time wisely.
"You know, but when we shut down it was just like, oh my gosh. But then we came in, we were cleaning. And you don't really realize how big the facility is or how many mats you have or how many things there are to clean 'til you are just cleaning everything. So that took a solid chunk of time to just make sure everything was clean, before we got the go ahead to clean," M & M Gymnastics Coach Chellsie Memmel says.
"Changing things meant cleaning everything. And then cleaning everything went to, oh my goodness, I can't believe this paint looks like this," Andy Memmel said.
M & M Gymnastics has had to adapt to the changing times. Kids no longer use foam pits for practice instead they use mats.
"But yeah, it's just doing things differently. There's not like the community chalk boxes anymore. Everybody's got their own thing. We're bringing their baggies around, of chalk. They have their own gym bags that they carry with them with the sanitizers and with their own water bottles. So everything is just more spaced out, and like, we're not sharing anything anymore," Chellsie Memmel said.
And the Memmel's say their gym, has never been cleaner.