GUIDELINES: Here are the guidelines that gyms must follow upon reopening on Monday

On Friday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Jacksonville where he announced the reopening of gyms across Florida in what he called a “full” Phase One.

Beginning May 18th, gyms can begin to reopen but not without new safety measures moving forward.

Effective May 18, 2020, the following safety measures are mandatory for gyms and fitness centers:

  • Monitor building occupancy and restrict customer access to no more than 50 percent of the building’s occupancy.
  • Offer readily-available dispensers of a disinfectant included on the EPA List N:
    Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 and provide patrons with sufficient cleaning materials, including disposable wipes. Instruct patrons to clean touched surfaces upon each use of fitness equipment.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all seating, counters, weights, weight bars, mats,
    machines, and other fitness equipment upon closing the facility each day.
  • During daily operation, routinely clean and disinfect surfaces, particularly high-touch
    surfaces such as faucets, toilets, doorknobs, and light switches.
  • Maintain restrooms that remain open with functional toilets, clean and disinfected
    surfaces, and handwashing supplies, including soap and materials for drying hands or
    hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Employees who appear to have symptoms upon arrival at work or who become sick
    during the day must immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and
    visitors, and sent home.

Effective May 18, 2020, the following best practices are also recommended for gyms and
fitness centers:

  • Display posters and signs throughout the facility to remind visitors to take steps to
    prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the wiping and sanitation of touched surfaces upon each use of fitness equipment.
  • Open doors between separate fitness areas or rooms of the facility to reduce surface
    touching by multiple people. Open windows where feasible to improve ventilation in the facility.
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer waiting areas and locker rooms.

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