Updated COVID-19 Executive Order 72 for Gyms and Fitness Centers

Fitness and Exercise Facilities

By Executive Order 72 of the Governor Fourth Amended.
Effective Midnight of April 1, 2021

 

Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, sports facilities, and exercise facilities may continue to operate indoor and outdoor activities, provided such businesses comply with the Guidelines for All Business Sectors and the sector-specific guidelines for fitness and exercise facilities expressly incorporated by reference herein. Such guidance includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:

a. Patrons, members, and guests who are not Family members as defined in section I, subsection D, paragraph 2, must remain at least ten feet apart during all activities except where necessary for the physical safety of an individual.

b. Instructors and all participants of group exercise and fitness classes who are not Family members as defined in section I, subsection D, paragraph 2, must maintain at least ten feet of physical distance between each other at all times, with the exception of swimming lessons, where parents or guardians may support a participant during class, and instructors may have contact with swimmers when necessary.

c. Occupancy must be limited to 75 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy.

d. The total number of attendees (including both participants and instructors) in all indoor group exercise and fitness classes cannot exceed the lesser of 75 percent of the minimum occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy or 50 persons. For all group exercise and fitness classes held outdoors, the total number of attendees cannot exceed 100 persons.

e. Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features, except water slides, must be closed.

f. Outdoor and indoor swimming pools may be open, provided occupancy is limited to no more than 75 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy and all swimmers maintain at least ten feet of physical distance from others who are not Family members as defined below in section I, subsection D, paragraph 2.

g. Employees must wear masks over their nose and mouth while working at their place of employment. Lifeguards responding to distressed swimmers are exempt from this requirement. Exceptions noted in section II do not apply.

h. Patrons must wear masks over their nose and mouth according to section II.

i. Employers must ensure cleaning and disinfection of shared exercise equipment after each use.

j. Businesses must promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing employees, customers, visitors, the general public, and other persons entering into the place of employment with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide hand sanitizers.

k. If any such business cannot adhere to these requirements, it must close.

Sand and Steel Fitness Additional Policies

  1. Our 100% Face Mask Policy has not changed.  When the vaccine has been made available to all people in Alexandria, VA, we will likely update this policy.
  2. Classes will continue to be spaced out by 15 minutes to provide time for cleaning and disinfection of floors and surfaces.

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