slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some states are beginning to relax social distancing guidelines and cautiously reopen certain businesses—including gyms. Naturally, though, you’re probably wondering whether it’s truly safe to go back to the gym yet if yours has reopened.
Keep in mind: Gyms and fitness clubs are still closed in some areas, while others are reopening with strict restrictions and recommendations. Gyms are allowed to reopen in Georgia, for example. Guidelines and restrictions vary depending on the facility, but overall, gyms in the state that are reopening are limiting capacity, enhancing cleaning and sanitation practices, using signs and floor markers to promote social distancing, and limiting members to cardio and strength equipment. Meanwhile, group fitness classes, basketball courts, child-care centers, and locker room facilities remain off-limits in most cases, according to USA Today. Oklahoma and Tennessee have similar restrictions in place, with some gyms considering the use of health screening measures like temperature checks and questionnaires as members come in. (Related: The Most Common Coronavirus Symptoms to Look Out for, According to Experts)
Excerpted from Shape