• Develop a plan or checklist for reopening consistent with CDC guidance that includes:
• Employee training.
• Leave policies, absenteeism, plans and employee screenings.
• Facial covering requirements for guests and employees.
• Physical facility evaluation for any damage or issues caused by vacancy. Follow CDC and Maryland
Department of the Environment guidance on reopening buildings, including checking mechanical, air and water/ice systems. Ensure all water lines are flushed,
including equipment water lines and connections, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Social distancing protocols and procedures for employees, vendors, and guests, with special
consideration for entrances and exits,queues, bottlenecks, facility layouts and safe capacity limits.
• Communications and signage.
• Routine and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfecting, especially high-touch surfaces, in accordance with CDC recommendations.
• Review high-contact points and plan for protocol to eliminate or minimize employee and customer interaction.
• If applicable, close access to shower areas, locker rooms, saunas, and steam rooms.
• Day care, spas, pools, and food service facilities in gyms are subject to additional requirements under
executive orders and, in some cases, state or local regulations and requirements.
• Train employees in current COVID-19 health and workplace guidelines, such as hand hygiene and cleaning protocol, along with proper PPE use and disposal.
• Implement a daily screening process for workers, which includes CDC or MDH recommended health questions, and consider temperature testing.
• Direct sick workers to follow CDC and state guidelines regarding home isolation for suspected or confirmed
COVID infections and returning to work.
• Encourage employees to maintain social distancing, including during breaks, and modify procedures to avoid staff congregation.
• Train employees on the proper responses to guests who challenge social distancing, facial covering, and
• Require staff to wear face coverings when interacting with other employees or guests, particularly if social
distancing cannot be assured.
• Sanitize shared tools and equipment prior to giving to another employee and at the beginning or end of each
• Minimize congregating in common areas through signage, floor markings, barriers, and employee
communications. Restrict access to areas where social distancing and social gathering requirements cannot
• Arrange work stations, cardio and strength equipment, workout areas to accommodate social distancing
• Encourage guests to exercise individually, taking appropriate safety precautions when using equipment.
• Consider scheduling “by appointment” only. Allow enough time between clients for cleaning.
• Schedule classes so that there is time between them to allow guests to exit the facility from the class prior
to the next class arriving and for staff to adequately clean between class sessions.
• If possible, set aside special hours for vulnerable or at risk guests
• Limit class size to 10, including the instructor, so long as participants can maintain physical distancing of at
least 6 feet between participants.
• Offer virtual client training when possible.
• Post signage for customers not to enter the store if they are sick or symptomatic.
• Evaluate space and capacity based on executive orders and social distancing guidelines. Determine capacity in order to ensure guests can properly
physically distance themselves at all times, including in areas that may be prone to congregation, such
as equipment rooms, gym floors, entrances, exits, and other amenities.
• Guests should wear face coverings when entering or exiting the facility and when interacting with employees
or other guests. When exercising, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings if able to do so safely. If wearing a face covering safely is not
possible, guests should increase the distance between themselves and other guests as much as possible.
• Clean and disinfect the facility in accordance with CDC guidelines.
• Encourage guests to use one piece of equipment at a time. Wipe down all furniture, gear, training mats,
equipment, etc., after each use.
• Create sanitization stations stocked with hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes for easy access by the public and employees.
• Remove magazines, newspapers, and other collateral from public areas.
• Encourage customers and employees to bring their own water bottles. Provide bottled water or water in
single service disposable cups from a touchless or easy to clean dispenser. Provide sanitizing wipes and clean water dispensers frequently.
• Encourage customers to bring their own towels.
• Encourage touchless payment and check in methods.
• Utilize check in procedure to maintain proper capacity limits.
• Move any retail inventory to a “no-touch” area (i.e. behind counter) to minimize touching.
• Language Access: Provide training content in Spanish and alternate languages prevalent in our small
• Post signs outlining CDC guidelines to encourage and remind employees and customers of safe distancing and cleaning procedures and to not enter if feeling sick or ill.
• Hold daily or weekly team meetings to ensure clear communication, to clarify protocols, and discuss any necessary process modifications.