For recreation, fitness, & gyms

These guidelines will assist gyms, fitness centers and fitness classes in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Gyms need to read and understand the updated requirements of the Civil Emergency Order to continue or resume operations subject to the provisions of the Order

Items denoted with (*) are a requirement of the current re-opening order; items not noted by (*) are recommendations to decrease the spread and risk of COVID-19.   

General Guidance

  • Gyms must limit re-opening customer occupancy to 25%:* 
    • Gyms must limit the number of customers in each location to the following standards based on the occupancy. To calculate occupancy for the order, review the calculation outlined in the Order.
  • Fitness classes may operate with 25% of occupancy per individual rooms and total facility occupancy of 25%*. 
  • Combined occupancy of entire building cannot exceed 25%*. 
  • Post signage outside the entrances that states that any customer who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter. 
  • Post signage outside the entrances that states that any customer who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter. 
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 feet in all areas (utilize signage/barriers and floor/seat markers to instruct customers to remain 6 feet apart).
  • Make hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available throughout the facility.
  • Encourage the use of hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) or hand washing upon entering the facility for both customers and employees. 
  • Customers and employees should bring their own water or other drinks.
  • Promote the use of self-serve check-in registers; clean and disinfect registers and client cards regularly.

Employee Health Guidance

  • Screen employees upon arrival to work for symptoms.
    • Encourage employees to pre-screen before work.
    • Design a protocol for reporting self-monitoring before beginning shift.
    • Use touchless thermometers to check temperatures before shift. 
  • Require employees to stay home if they are sick or be sent home if they report to work with a fever.
  • Individuals at high-risk should continue to remain at home and not interact with others except for vital activities.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance

  • Clean and disinfect each piece of equipment after every use.
  • Consider closing for certain periods during the day for complete cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Provide disinfecting wipes for individuals to wipe down equipment surfaces that are in direct contact with skin (or body) after each use. Surfaces include but are not limited to:
    • Hand grips on cardio equipment such as treadmills, bicycles, ellipticals.
    • Hand grips on dumbbells, weight bars, and other strength-training systems.
  • Pads/cushioned components such as fitness mats, bike seats, lifting benches, and other cushioned components of strength training machines.
  • Fitness balls, rope handles, and other fitness accessories.
  • When disposable wipes or other disinfecting products are not available, most common household disinfectants such as a 10% bleach solution, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and most common EPA-registered products that states it kills viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on bottle.
    • Chlorine is corrosive to metal and at higher concentrations can present a skin hazard. Solutions greater than 200 ppm will require a clear water rinse.
  • Chlorine solutions should be prepared fresh each day.
    • Bleach solutions and other disinfectants should be applied using a spray bottle and disposable paper towels.
    • Treated surfaces must be allowed to air dry before next use.

Physical Distancing Guidance

  • Space machines and equipment at least six feet apart: 
    • Use every other piece of non-mobile equipment to accommodate six feet spacing
    • Where necessary, additional barriers may be installed to avoid contact between customers.
  • Mark six feet spacing for customers to wait in line.
  • Schedule patron participation if possible.
  • Stagger shifts and schedules for employees.   
  • Take breaks and meals outside or where proper physical distancing is attainable.
  • Close common areas (e.g. breakrooms, meeting rooms, etc.) where employees and customers are likely to congregate and interact.
  • Increase physical space between employees at the worksite (e.g. moving desks six feet apart, having employees working at every other workstation, etc.). 
  • Personal trainers should refer to the Personal Care Service Guidelines for specific information regarding health and safety guidelines for one-on-one client interaction which include the use of face coverings.