Current Face Mask Policy
Face Masks are not required for members and employees that have been vaccinated. All Sand & Steel Employees are vaccinated as of July 1, 2021.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, a face mask is required for personal training, classes, and/or open gym.
Face Mask Policy as of May 19, 2021
Face Masks are required for all employees and members while in the common areas and restrooms at all times. This means you need to have your face mask on when you enter the gym.
- Personal Training Clients: the decision as to whether you are required to wear a face mask depends on your coach. If it has been two weeks since you have been fully vaccinated and your personal trainer is OK with it, you are allowed to remove your face mask.
- Classes: the decision as to whether you are required to wear a face mask depends on your coach. If it has been two weeks since you have been fully vaccinated and your class coach is OK with it, you are allowed to remove your mask. Bring your mask with you to the group class section — you may remove it it’s OK with your coach.
- Open Gym: Face Masks are required in the common areas and restrooms at all times. If it has been two weeks since you have been fully vaccinated, you are allowed to remove your mask on the training floor.
Equipment should be disinfected after use. Make sure all equipment is completely dry before you return it to the rack.
Our Previous Facemask Policy was:
Face Mask Policy: All members and coaches are required to wear a face mask while in the gym.
Face Mask Timing: You must put on your face mask before you step inside gym. You have to keep it one until you have completely exited in the gym. What you do in the parking lot and in your car is up to you.
Face Masks are for Everyone’s Health: Yes, you have to wear a mask even if it’s just you in the gym. You have to wear a mask whether you voted for Trump or Biden. Face masks aren’t just about your health — it’s about protecting everyone else from you. A person coming to the gym after you may have a special condition. And if you don’t wear a mask, you expose that person to an enhanced risk of infection. Yes, our BAF Clean Air Ionizer and Carrier Opticlean Hepa Filtration Systems substantially reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. But you know what else works great too? Wearing a face mask.
COVID-19 Testing. Even if you get tested, there is a 3-day wait on the results. Plus the test itself is only accurate 7 days after initial exposure. Let’s face the facts — you can’t know whether you are an asymptomatic spreader or not. And you can’t know at every instant in time whether you have COVID-19 or not.
COVID-19 Truth: It’s a fact, you can have COVID-19, zero symptoms, and still infect other people. At other Virginia gyms, wearing a face mask is a personal choice. Some people wear them, and some people don’t. We decided as a community that every member is going to wear a mask. And if we are going to stay healthy as a gym, everyone has to follow this Face Mask Policy — no exceptions.