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Guidelines for Fitness Centers

  • The Fitness Centre must be thoroughly cleaned with detergent and water and subsequently disinfected before resuming operation
  • Employees and Gym Members MUST NOT report to work/to the gym if they have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or loss of the sense of taste/smell. If in doubt call the COVID Hotline at 462-6843
  • Gym Owners can consider the use of a touchless infrared thermometer to check the temperature of Gym Members each day before they enter. Any person who has a temperature of 99°F and above, should not be allowed to return until they have no fever and no evidence of COVID-19 symptoms. *Follow guidelines on Taking Temperature
  • Employees must wear their facemask while at work
  • Wearing a facemask is not mandatory while exercising
  • Gym Member MUST perform hand hygiene before entering the Fitness Centre. Hands must be washed under running water using liquid soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Owners must provide hand sanitizer at key points in the facility
  • There must be crowd control at peak hours (early in the morning and in the evening) to achieve physical distancing. Limit the capacity to 10-15 persons at a time during peak hours. *The capacity can increase depending on the size of the gym and the amount of equipment. This must be determined by Inspectors attached to CBH
  • Gym Members waiting to enter the gym can do so in their vehicle or wait in a designated area with markings 6ft apart.
  • The equipment in the fitness centre should be of an impervious material to facilitate easy cleaning and disinfection.
  • Consider workout lengths of maximum 1 hour to avoid unnecessary exposure, decrease congestion, allow for a faster rotation, and to allow for disinfection.
  • Gym Members are advised to walk with their own disinfectant wipes or liquid to disinfect the equipment they come in contact with before and after use.
  • Gym Owners must provide disinfectants for disinfecting the equipment, which should be applied using a disposable cloth or paper towel.
  • When disinfecting the equipment allow for a 30 seconds contact time before utilizing the equipment
  • Use only one piece of equipment at a time
  • Space out accordingly benches and cardiovascular equipment. Use every other machine
  • Rooms utilized for aerobic classes and yoga must have markers 6ft apart on the floor to achieve physical distancing
  • Each Member must walk with their own towel
  • Gym Members are advised to walk with their own yoga mats
  • Training in groups must be discouraged
  • Post extensive signage on health policies to stop the spread of germs, guidance on COVID-19 symptoms, hand washing techniques and social distancing
  • Keep doors and windows open were possible
  • Disinfect high touched surfaces every 2 hours
  • At the end of the workday, clean and disinfect all surfaces. Place focus on high touched areas such as push doors, door handles, reception desk, equipment, faucets, toilet handles, floor, etc.
  • Spray on a cloth and wipe all gym equipment like free weights, bars, treadmills, etc
  • Close showers, locker rooms and lockers. Ask Gym Members to store personal belongings in small gym bags. Provide a secure area for such belongings.
  • Use an approved disinfectant after cleaning. Visit Central Board of Health Facebook Page for the list of approved disinfectants. Do not mix chemicals!