Governor Andrew M. Cuomo published a guide on Monday allowing gyms and fitness centers to reopen. The guide applies to fitness activities and facilities including, but not limited to, individual, hotel, residential and office gyms and fitness centers, gyms and fitness centers in higher education establishments, yoga / pilates / barre studios, boxing / kickboxing gyms , Fitness bootcamps, CrossFit or other plyometric boxing classes and other group fitness classes. The guides can be found on the NY Forward website in the fourth phase of the industry.
"Our local gyms and fitness facilities are now part of the NYS Phase 4 reopening process and can reopen for indoor classes within the stated guidelines. These rooms have been delayed reopening as COVID-19 has progressed and we appreciate your patience and the patience of adhering to the guidelines of the gym operator, "said Frank Kruppa, director of public health at Tompkins COunty. "Exercise is so important to the health and mental well-being of everyone at this challenging time. We ask operators and the public to be patient as Environmental Health conducts the necessary inspections and the gyms take the necessary precautions to limit exposure." and prevent the virus from spreading. "
A week ago, Cuomo announced that bowling alleys across New York would be allowed to reopen from Monday with strict security protocols. Bowling alleys can be operated with a maximum occupancy limit of 50 percent. Face covering and social distancing are required at all times; Every other lane must be closed. Customers must stay on their assigned lane with the group. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared or rented equipment is required between each use. and all catering services must adhere to all state-issued guidelines. Food and beverage service is not permitted in New York City bowling alleys due to indoor eating restrictions.
Cuomo also announced that New York museums and other low-risk cultural institutions can reopen on Monday, August 24th. Institutions include museums, aquariums, and other low-risk indoor cultural arts. All institutions that reopen are subject to government guidance. These facilities must adhere to strict security protocols, including a maximum occupancy limit of 25 percent, timed ticketing with pre-set staggered entry, strict enforcement of face covering, social distancing, controlled traffic flow to prevent overcrowding, and improved cleaning and disinfection protocols.
"New York's world-class cultural institutions have long provided comfort and creativity to generations of people in one of the most vibrant places on earth. When the COVID-19 pandemic began to threaten the city and this nation, it was especially heartbreaking to see them close their doors." said Cuomo. "This pandemic is far from over, but we have found institutions can reopen if they adhere to strict government guidelines and take every precaution to ensure the safety of visitors, and I look forward to them Inspire New Yorkers again. So am I. " We are excited to announce that we will be able to open bowling alleys across the state with strict security protocols to provide a level of fun and relaxation at a time when New Yorkers really need it. "
Locations can also determine whether gyms postpone resuming indoor classes. In New York City, the mayor and throughout the rest of the state the county director general may decide to decline fitness and water classes for indoor groups in their area of responsibility and postpone the resumption until a later date. Local health departments must inspect gyms prior to reopening or within two weeks of reopening to ensure that Department of Health guidelines are strictly followed.
"With New York keeping daily positive test rates below 1 percent, the state has determined that local elected officials can allow gyms and fitness centers to reopen to 33 percent capacity while adhering to strict safety protocols, including wearing masks at all times," said Cuomo on Monday. "While it is encouraging that we have reached the point where it is acceptable for them to reopen in our communities, this is not the time to forget that the pandemic is ongoing. New Yorkers need to follow the guidelines closely and local health departments are required to strictly enforce them to ensure gyms and fitness centers reopen safely and public health is protected. "
Gyms and fitness centers may reopen in Tompkins County on August 24, 2020 if they meet the following requirements:
- Read the instructions and create a safety plan using the NYS safety plan template.
- The safety plan must include the required certification of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system by a professional in accordance with the guidelines. Please provide details of your facility's air handling systems or air handling plans in the "Other" section of the reopening safety plan. If the facility does not have an HVAC system or has one that it controls, the facility must provide this information and a description of the ventilation procedures it is performing in accordance with the guidelines.
- Submit your confirmation to NYS using the link at the bottom of the gym guide.
For more information and specific requirements for gyms and fitness facilities, see the detailed instructions:
- Capacity: 33% occupancy limit.
- PPE: In fitness studios and fitness centers, special requirements apply to face covering.
- Classes: By appointment / reservation only; maximum class capacity, limited by the 6 foot social distancing rules, but in no case more than 33% of typical class size; Cleaning and disinfection required between each session.
- Air treatment systems: Gyms should be operated with MERV-13 or higher filtration. If they are unable to operate at this level, they must have a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professional document their inability and apply additional ventilation and mitigation protocols. Documentation from an HVAC professional is required for all facilities with HVAC systems.
After the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) receives your plan and HVAC certification, the TCHD will contact you to schedule an inspection or request additional information.
Frank Kruppa, director of public health for Tompkins County, also approves gyms to hold indoor classes in accordance with state guidelines.