New York State Releases Guidelines
for Gyms & Fitness Centers
Yesterday Governor Cuomo announced that gyms and fitness centers in New York State will be able to begin reopening on August 24th. As with other businesses, gyms will have to follow specific safety protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons. Some key aspects of the requirements include

  • 33% capacity
  • Masks worn at all times
  • Ventilation (HVAC) requirements
  • Health departments must inspect gyms before reopening or within two weeks to make sure they are meeting state guidelines
  • Localities determine whether they can have indoor classes
  • Local governments will also be expected to enforce the guidelines.

Gyms and fitness centers will need to have established a safety plan, which includes guidelines and safety protocols designed to protect their employees and customers. These guidelines need to be printed and displayed onsite. Businesses will also have to self-certify their safely plan by filling out and submitting the NYS Business Affirmation Form. All of these documents are organized by reopening phase and industry sector. Gyms and Fitness Centers are included in the Phase Four guidelines, and can be found here.

Still Waiting for Guidance on When Your Business Can Open?

New York State has designed a lookup tool to assist businesses that want to know where they fit in the reopening plan. Use the NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool to learn more.
Stay engaged to Keep Up to Date on the Latest Developments

Continue to look for emails from our office in the coming days and weeks updating you on the latest reopening news and what assistance is available to help you through this difficult time. Our staff is working hard to compile a complete list of guidelines, safety protocols and programs that are available. We will also share upcoming webinars and training that you can participate in to assist with your reopening. To learn more, be sure to visit our website and bookmark it. Once there, look for the COVID-19 tab.

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