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.
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