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Local COVID-19 Guidelines – Cincinnati, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health has issued guidelines that include both Mandatory and Recommended Best Practices for Gyms and Restaurants.

Facilities

Spacing, Capacity, Numbers

Mandatory

  • Mark every third locker for non-use in gyms.
  • Remove any casual seating other than benches by lockers.
  • Clean and disinfect public areas and restrooms every two hours.
  • Independent showers must be sanitized between each use.
  • Close-off communal style showers, except for rinsing before and after any pool activity.
  • Ensure supplies for handwashing are fully stocked every time the bathroom is cleaned.
  • Close-off steam rooms and saunas.
  • Store towels in covered and sanitized containers.
  • Ensure employees handling towels wear gloves and face covering.
  • Restroom facilities should limit the number of users at any one time based on the facility.

Recommended Best Practices

  • Set aside specific hours for vulnerable populations.
  • Provide space at entrances or in lobby areas for check-ins.

Sanitization

Mandatory

  • Hand washing or sanitization upon entry to facility.
  • Have sanitizer available throughout the facility.
  • Provide EPA-approved disinfectants or disinfecting wipes for sanitizing equipment before and after use by clients.
  • Routine disinfection of high-contact surfaces.
  • Deep cleaning after hours or during low-use times for 24-hour facilities.

Recommended Best Practices

  • Provide foot pedals to open doors, or prop doors open to avoid contact.

Signage

Mandatory

  • Post signs requiring social distancing and recommending face coverings.
  • Post reminder signage for handwashing, sanitization of equipment, distancing, etc.

Recommended Best Practices

  • Post sign with COVID-19 screening questions.
  • Post directional signage to encourage separation of entrances and exits.

Air Circulation

Recommended Best Practices

  • Limit use of fans.
  • Place fans to blow away from members/clients.
  • Open exterior doors when possible.
  • If owner has access, open fresh air handlers.

Locker Rooms and Public Restrooms

Mandatory

  • Mark every other or every third locker for non-use.
  • Assigned lockers are not required to be disabled.
  • Remove any casual seating other than benches by lockers as necessary.
  • Clean and disinfect public areas and restrooms every two hours.
  • Independent showers must be sanitized between each use.
  • Close-off communal style showers except for rinsing before and after any pool activity.
  • Ensure supplies for handwashing are fully stocked every time the bathroom is cleaned.
  • Close-off steam rooms and saunas.
  • Towels are to be stored in covered, sanitized containers that are clearly delineated clean versus soiled.
  • Restroom facilities should limit the number of users at any one time based on the facility. These facilities should be cleaned/sanitized per CDC recommended protocol.

Recommended Best Practices

Employees

Mandatory

  • Facial coverings (masks) should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin.)
  • Provide written justification upon request, explaining why an employee is not required to wear a facial covering.
  • Maintain at least six feet from other employees and members/clients unless instruction makes it impractical

Recommended Best Practices

  • Screen for temperature, history, exposure in accordance with CDC recommendations every work period (if symptomatic for illness, do not allow to work).
  • Stagger shifts, breaks, and lunches to avoid mass entry/exit.
  • Wear gloves when appropriate and possible.

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