Wearing A Mask NOT Mandatory While Working Out At The Gym


The Central Board of Health today released guidelines as fitness centers as set to reopen from June 1.

Below are the guidelines.

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-
 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 and leaving the Fitness
Centre. Either by washing their hands under running water using liquid soap for a
minimum of 20 seconds, or using an alcohol based hand rub of 70%
 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
 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
Guidelines for Fitness Centers
 Space out accordingly benches and cardiovascular equipment
 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!

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