Fitness and Exercise

Exercise is important for physical and mental well-being, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, people must take precautions to minimize the spread of the virus during exercise.

During this time, it is safest exercise outdoors or at home instead of in an indoor exercise facility. Walking, running, biking, gardening, and online exercise classes help us stay in shape while maintaining physical distance.

COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory droplets from the nose and mouth. Environments where people are breathing hard without masks, such as gyms, fitness studios, and group exercise classes pose a higher risk virus transmission to occur.

Exercise facility operators and members of the public should also consider CDC recommendations for operating and attending indoor exercise facilities.

 

General Best Practices

  • Unvaccinated patrons and staff members should wear a mask whenever possible in public spaces. 
  • Encourage physical distancing between individuals.
  • Patrons should be actively screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to admission.
    • Adults should be asked if they have:
      • A fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a sense of having a fever
      • A cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition
      • Shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition
      • Chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition
      • Sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition
      • Muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise).

Best Practices for Group Exercise Classes:

  • Unvaccinated instructors and participants of group exercise and fitness classes should maintain physical distancing between each other at all times.
  • Personal trainers should maintain distance between themselves and their clients if either party is unvaccinated.

Management Best Practices:

  • When protective equipment such as face coverings are used, launder daily and wash hands after touching/adjusting face covering while working.
  • Use disposable towels and linens where possible. All reusable towels, linens and other porous fabric should be laundered after single use. Store towels and linens in a closed, covered container prior to use.
  • Place stickers on the ground marking the desired  distance between exercise areas, check-in lines, etc.
  • Require patrons to sign up for a timeslot ahead of time to control occupancy
  • Offer and promote outdoor classes as the weather warms up