- Limit the gathering capacity to a maximum of 250 people or the number of people, including staff, based on determination of capacity (square footage/occupancy as specified below), whichever is less. Ensure compliance with the OHA Guidance for Gatherings.
- Limit fitness class size to maximum occupancy of the room (as long as it ensures six (6) feet of separation).
- Maintain social distancing of 6 feet (recommend placing signs and markers)
- Consider holding fitness activities or classes outdoors if it can be done safely, when it does not violate any local local ordinances, and when participant and instructors can ain six feet of physical distance. Limit exercise equipment station to those located at least (6) feet apart. If equipment cannot be moved to facilitate physical distancing, it must blocked from being used.
- Prohibit contact sports that involve participants coming into bodily contact, close quarters (less than six (6) feet apart), or using shared equipment (e.g., basketball, squash, racquetball, taekwondo, karate, wrestling, mixed martial arts).
- For one-to-one personal training, maintain six (6) feet of physical distance between trainer and client. If close contact within six (6) feet is unavoidable, it is strongly recommended that the client wear a face covering and the time during which close contact occurs is minimized. Trainer and client should thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content) immediately before and after appointment.
- Review and implement Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit and the Public.
- Ensure all facilities and equipment are safe to operate and are in good condition after the extended closure. Maintenance and operations manuals and standard operating procedures should guide this work.
- Close water fountains, except for those designed to refill water bottles in a contact-free manner.
- Close showers for use. Locker room sinks and toilets may remain open for use but limit the number of people who use the facilities at any one time to ensure that a distance of six (6) feet can be maintained.
- Keep saunas, steam rooms and whirlpool spas closed.
- Keep pools closed to recreational swim activities, swimming lessons, and all other aquatic activities.
- Keep drop-in childcare closed.
- Post clear signs listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and clients with symptoms to stay home, and listing who to contact if they need assistance.
- Use signs to encourage physical distancing throughout the facility, including but not limited to reception areas, eating areas, locker rooms, and near popular equipment.
- Position staff to monitor physical distancing and disinfecting requirements.
- Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly. Increase air circulation as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety risk to employees, children, or customers.
- Establish one-way traffic flow, where possible, for equipment circuits, tracks, etc. Use signs to direct one-way flow of traffic.
- Provide handwashing stations or hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content) throughout the facility for use by employees and clients.
- Refer to Restaurant Sector Guidance (see PDFs below) for information about food handling and distribution as applicable to each fitness facility.
- Review and implement General Guidance (see PDFs below).
|Monitoring for Symptoms
- Record client contact information, date and time for client facility use. If there is a positive COVID-19 case associated with the facility, public health officials may need the business to provide this information for a contact tracing investigation. Unless otherwise required, this information may be destroyed after 60 days from the session date.
- Strongly encourage a client exhibiting symptoms of illness to immediately leave the facility and not return until at least 72 hours after symptoms have resolved without medication.
- Strongly encourage clients at higher risk for severe COVID-19 complications (persons over age 60 or with underlying medical conditions) to continue to stay home to reduce their risk of exposure.