State of Fitness Members
To start, all of us at State of Fitness hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. I know the past few months have taken a lot of adjustment and left us all shaken. Let me first say that I am so proud of you for staying strong and supporting each other through this difficult time. The little things we take for granted were suddenly impossible to access (toilet paper!) and our routines were suddenly shattered. I hope you took this time to soak in family and strengthen relationships. We have learned a lot from this experience. We learned how complicated life can get when we are forced to simplify. We learned just how little we need to survive, and how much we underestimate our community and our social connections. I can wholeheartedly say, on behalf of the whole SOF staff, that we have missed each and every one of you. As we plan for the reopening of the State of Fitness facility, it is important to share the updated daily precautions and preventative action we are taking to keep our members and our community safe.
Exercise is incredibly important for the physical, mental, and emotional health of our community. We want you to know that we’re taking precautions to ensure your safety and have a careful, phased approach based on the guidelines outlined by local health authorities and the CDC which are stated below. Some of these measures are temporary and others will be permanent.
Our goal is to be the gold standard in our industry in regards to the health, safety, and cleanliness of our facility.
If at any time you have questions related to our safety measures, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-708-8828.
We understand this is a difficult time but we know we will get through this by all working together.
Owner, State of Fitness
Member safety is our number one priority. As we prepare to welcome you back into the facility on June 13th, we have taken additional health and safety measures to ensure your safety and our commitment to member health and fitness.
Consumer Protection For COVID-19
Screen customers for illness upon entry to the gym:
Best practice: Temperature checks for every customer. Persons with temperatures above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit shall not be permitted on-premise;
Minimum: Question customers regarding COVID-19 symptoms
Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
Keep doors and windows open where possible to improve ventilation;
Post signs encouraging social distancing (visible to customers);
Require that customers wash or sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the facility;
Require customers to clean equipment they come in contact with using disinfecting wipes before and after each use;
Encourage customers to use only one piece of equipment at a time (i.e., no circuits or “super setting”) so that machines are cleaned after use;
Consider limiting workout length to avoid unnecessary exposure, decrease congestion, and allow for additional sanitization;
Recommend that persons more vulnerable or at-risk for COVID-19 as identified by the CDC—including those who are over the age of 65 or those who have chronic medical conditions—take extra
precaution or refrain from use of the facility during re-opening.
Business Process Adaptations To COVID-19
Restrict facility access to staffed hours only (i.e., any unmanned facilities must be manned) and limit facility occupancy to 50 percent of capacity as dictated by fire code (as such capacity is adjusted in consideration of closed areas of the facility pursuant to these guidelines);
Mitigate exposure in the workplace by implementing social distancing guidelines and modify scheduling;
Staff to conduct regular (i.e., every 2 hours) disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, equipment and common areas of the facility using disinfectant cleaning supplies according to CDC guidelines;
Close showers, locker rooms, and lockers until further notice. Ask customers to instead use small gym bags to store personal belongings; remind customers to appropriately monitor or secure such personal belongs or provide a secure area monitored by staff
Only allow group fitness classes if classes can be completed in accordance with social distancing recommendations (including but not limited to: less than 50% capacity and with more than 6 feet of distance maintained between participants at all times; no shared equipment during the class; sufficiently adjusted class schedules to allow for deep cleaning between classes; martial arts and other contact activities should be completed without any person-to-person contact);
All employees to wear PPE where applicable
Adjust equipment layout and close or restrict access to equipment to maintain at least six feet of distance between equipment;
Temporarily close water fountains, common areas, break rooms, check-in counters, where customers or employees may congregate. Encourage users to provide their own water;
No self-service options (coffee bars, smoothie stations and other forms of communal food in facilities). Food retail should follow restaurant guidelines;
Ensure that staffing of facilities is sufficient to enable enhanced sanitization and cleaning measures;
Allow employees to work from home as much as possible;
Screen all employees reporting to work for COVID-19 symptoms;
Staff will wear face coverings (not N-95 or medical masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers) and other personal protection items as recommended by the CDC;
Provide training on personal protective equipment based on CDC guidelines;
Provide a sanitizing station such as a washbasin with soap and/or bottle of hand sanitizer;
Practice recommended social distancing to the greatest extent possible.