Establish protocols to maintain the six feet physical distance among patrons and staff

Consider how to limit the number of people in the facility at a time to ensure physical distancing

Make sure there is optimal ventilation for inside activities

Consider how some activities could be conducted outside

Substantially limit or prohibit spectators

Direct the flow of patrons and staff through the facility to reduce person-to-person contact, where possible

Space exercise equipment at least six feet apart or limit the use of equipment that cannot be stationed six feet apart (e.g. using every other exercise machine or bowling lane)

Implement physical distancing in the lobby and reception areas and discourage the congregation of people in common areas such as restrooms, locker rooms, or by the water fountain

Establish protocols to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 among staff and patrons

Thoroughly disinfect all equipment before and after each user

Limit sharing of equipment except people in the same household

Consider implementing special hours of operation that are exclusive to the elderly and other vulnerable population groups

Discontinue any type of group activities, classes or feature (e.g. saunas) for which it is not possible to maintain physical distancing guidelines

Encourage use of cloth face covering or masks and gloves by staff and patrons, where possible and safe

Post signs on the front door that state any patron, who has a fever or other COVD-19 symptoms, should not enter the facility or recreational area
-Consider greeting patrons and staff outside or at the entrance of the facility to administer screening questions about illnesses in themselves or their household members

Establish protocols to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 among staff and patrons

Monitor employee health by screening employees for fever and symptoms before every shift
o Check the temperature with a non-contact thermometer; if fever (temperature greater than 100.4°) or symptoms are present, the employee should not work; if no fever or symptoms are present, require workers to self-monitor and report the onset of symptoms during their shift
o Staff should also self-monitor and stay at home if they have any COVID-like illness symptoms

Establish plans to provide adequate hand hygiene and sanitation

Identify how the organization will provide for disinfection of the facility and all high-touch surfaces regularly throughout the day

Make hand sanitizer available at the entrance, in locker rooms, and throughout the facility

Identify how shared equipment will be disinfected after each user

Launder all towels and other non-disposable items after each use

Have all patrons and staff use hand sanitizer or wash their hands at the entrance to the facility upon arrival and departure and often throughout the day

Establish no-touch procedures for purchase of incidentals

Disinfect items touched by more than one person after each use (e.g. basketballs, between each group and at the end of the day)

Identify strategies for working with public health to notify patrons and staff if the facility learns someone who developed COVID-19 may have been infectious to others while at the facility

Identify strategies for addressing ill employees which should include requiring COVID-19 positive employees to stay at home while infectious and may include also restricting employees who were directly exposed to the COVID-19 positive employee, and the closure of the business until the location can be properly disinfected

Maintain confidentiality of the COVID-19 infected person

Develop plans for the temporary closure of the facility to properly disinfect and to make sure other staff and persons who frequent the facility are not infected

Consult the local public health district for guidance for specific situations

If the facility has an indoor pool, identify strategies to maintain physical distancing and the prevention of disease transmission. Strategies may include:

Limit swimming to lap swimming only

Prohibit the use of the kiddie pool or other congregate areas of the pools

Close all slides

Limit the number of patrons in the pools

Only allow swim lessons or aquatic classes that don’t require the instructor to have physical contact with the patron and allows for appropriate physical distancing between the patrons and the instructor

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This document is a TEMPLATE EXAMPLE. Please contact your local Public Health District for the preferred form.

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.