Gyms and fitness centers reopen across New York with tight guidelines

Gyms across the Hudson Valley are preparing to reopen with new safety measures after a 5-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2020, 12:00 PM

Updated 1,375 days ago

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Monday was a big day for Hudson Valley fitness fans as gyms were finally able to reopen in New York.
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After being closed for five long months, All Sport Health and Fitness reopened in Fishkill.
The gym says it has increased cleaning staff, put in capacity restrictions, and is checking overall health and wellness at the door - even investing into sanitizing technologies like air purifiers on top of the required filtration system.
Some of the gym's amenities are still closed such as basketball courts and studio spaces, but when they are ready to offer them once again, the gym says it is ready.
There are strict guidelines under which gyms can open
  • There are strict guidelines under which gyms can open
  • Local health departments will have to inspect gyms before they can open
  • Customers must sign in with contact information and health screening
  • Facilities can only operate at 33% capacity
  • Face masks must be worn at all times
  • Six feet of social distancing maintained at all times
  • Cleaning and sanitizing supplies provided to customers, and shared equipment cleaned between each use
  • Classes held by appointment only, and areas where classes are held must be cleaned between sessions
  • Communal showers are to remain closed, but individual showers/stalls can stay in use if they are cleaned in between uses
Owners of gyms and fitness centers were also asked to upgrade their facilities' ventilation systems.
Gym owners say they have been preparing to safely reopen for months.
“We have had teams working around the clock at all of our clubs, getting things ready. A lot of things are different. When you come into the club, it’s touchless check-in so you don’t have to interact with anyone.  We have the crowd meter on the app, meaning you can check what the crowd level is at your local club and you can decide whether to come in now or come another time. When you come in, you will see cleaning stations, and members and staff clean every piece of equipment after it’s used and we have turned off every other cardio machine, so members are 6 feet apart, “ says Dale Paden, of Planet Fitness.
Local elected officials have the option of delaying the reopening of gyms and fitness centers until September if more time is needed for inspections to happen.
The state says localities will also have say as to when indoor group fitness classes can resume.
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