Reopening Appointment-Based Fitness Centers

Posted By: Brett Waller Advocacy News ,

The Governor released official Fitness and Training COVID-19 Guidance on Wednesday night. 

The Guidance describes reopening of unstaffed indoor fitness facilities in Phase 1, based on the below restrictions with one additional restriction - only one person per room. 
Therefore, in order to reopen unstaffed fitness centers, the following must be met:

  • Reservation system for customers/athletes to register in advance
  • Each session is limited to a 45-minute maximum session
  • Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of fitness activity
  • No more than one customer/athlete per room

In Phase 2, one user is allowed per room or up to 4 users from the same household.  


Washington begins its “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” which includes provisions on reopening Outdoor sports and Fitness Establishments. This includes “gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools, indoor K-12 sports, indoor sports, outdoor personal training, outdoor dance, outdoor motorsports.”
 
Under Phase 1, low risk sports (including dance, no contact martial arts, gymnastics, and climbing) are permitted for practice and training only in stable groups of no more than 5 athletes.
 
Additionally, appointment based fitness/training is permitted to open. The following must be met:

  • Reservation system for customers/athletes to register
  • Each session is limited to a 45-minute maximum session
  • Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of fitness activity
  • No more than one customer/athlete per room, or per 500/sq. ft. per person for large facilities at a time

In Phase 2, outdoor sports and fitness establishments may operate at 25 percent occupancy.

Continuing health and safety practices are required for all common areas of a residential community and operators should follow the Safe Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Public Spaces Guidance provided by the Washington Department of Health with information provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
 
For more information about reopening fitness/training and other “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” issues, please visit the Governor’s website.