For recreation, fitness, & gyms

General Guidance

  • 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.