COVID-19 Gym Guidelines in Trenton, New Jersey
Governor Phi Murphy issued executive order 157 on June 26, 2020 establishing general rules of safety guidance for business of New Jersey during the current pandemic.
Guidance for Employees
Fitness centers and gyms must employ safety policies for employees that include:
- Employees must wear face coverings while indoors unless doing so would inhibit the health of an individual.
- Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 must be sent home
- Provide employees with face coverings at no charge
- Provide employees with appropriate break time for the purpose of repeated handwashing throughout the workday.
- Provide sanitizing materials, such as sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer to staff.
In Outdoor Spaces
- Limit total capacity to a number that guarantees all individuals can be at least six feet apart.
- Require customers and workers to wear face coverings when social distancing is challenging to maintain, except where doing so would impede that individual’s health
- Should a customer refuse to wear a face covering for other than medical reasons, the business must deny the individual entry into its indoor premises.
- Limit occupancy in restrooms to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage.
- Require regular sanitization of high-touch areas
- Limit the use of equipment to one person at a time, except for immediate romantic partners, family members, household members, or caretakers, and sanitize such equipment after each use.
- Require reservations, prepayments and cancelations made via telephone or electronic reservation systems.
In Indoor Spaces
- Workers and customers must wear face coverings while in the indoor portion of the premises, except when such would inhibit that individual’s health or is under two years of age.
- Limit occupancy to 25 percent maximum capacity, excluding staffing.
- Indoor group activities such as classes can occur but must be limited to no more than 1 individual per 200 square feet or less of accessible space. Individuals must be able to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance from others.
- Conduct a temperature screening and questionnaire of staff and clients upon entrance to the facility.
- Individuals who attending outdoor classes and enter the indoor premises, whether to use a restroom or otherwise, must be included in the capacity limit.
- Should a customer refuse to wear a face covering for non-medical reasons, the business must deny entry.
- One-on-one personal training can occur as long as 6 feet of distance is maintained for the bulk of the training session.
- Doors and windows should remain open where possible and make use of fans to improve ventilation.
- Individual or pair activities which do not involve contact (e.g., racket ball, handball) can also occur.
- Inspect and evaluate the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit to guarantee that system is operating within its design specifications.
- For gyms that have, limit shower use to communal showers with installed barriers/partitions or individually partitioned showers. If a gym has no pool, showers are not allowed.
- Limit locker room use to restroom use and hand washing.
- Shared steam rooms and saunas and are not permitted.
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