For recreation, fitness, & gyms
- Encourage unvaccinated customers and staff to wear a mask upon entry to the facility.
- 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 handwashing 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.
- 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-foot 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.