Reopening guidance for gyms and fitness centers

Documents needed to reopen gyms during the pandemic.

General requirements

Operate as much as you can outdoors. Everyone must be able to physically distance for the activity. Masks are not required outdoors, if everyone stays 6 feet apart.

Limit the number of people indoors. We allow up to 50% normal maximum capacity for patrons inside each individual room. 

Gyms should implement at least one required ventilation measure indoors.

You can open locker rooms and showers.Saunas and steam rooms are allowed up to 25% normal capacity and masks are not required. Hot tubs are allowed at 50% capacity, masks not required.

Screen customers for COVID-19 symptoms when they come in.

Everyone must wear face coverings, except when drinking water or showering.

Indoor classes are allowed

You can hold fitness classes indoors. Each room can have up to 50% normal maximum capacity up to 200 people, as long as people are physically distanced for the activity.

If at least one ventilation measure is implemented in the room, people may be spaced 6 feet apart. Otherwise 12 feet distancing is required between people engaged in aerobic exercise.

For activities where breathing rate is low (stretching, gentle yoga, meditation), people can be spaced 6 feet apart.

Set up physical distancing based on activity

If possible, place equipment so customers are facing away from each other when using them. Customers must clean equipment before and after they use them.

Clean all high touch surfaces and equipment regularly.

Outdoor services have other requirements

Follow state and local regulations. Do not block streets or sidewalks. You can apply to use the sidewalk, parking lane, or a private lot for your business.

You can set up tents or temporary structures outside. Make sure air can flow freely through every area, including corners. No more than one side can be closed. See State guidelines about temporary structures for outdoor businesses.

Documents

Required forms

Action required for indoor gyms when allowed to reopen: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF.

Action required for outdoor gyms: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF.

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol. See this protocol in  社交距離 | الإبعاد الاجتماعي | Pilipino | Español | Русский Cách Ly Xã Hội

Posters

Action required for indoor gyms when allowed to reopen: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage for their customers during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster meets of all the signage requirements for indoor gyms and fitness centers. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster meets the requirement for communicating indoor risk, for all businesses doing indoor operations.

Action required: All businesses open to the public for indoor services must complete and post this ventilation checklist. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required: All businesses must post information for their staff about how to report violations of COVID-19 health orders at the workplace. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. You can also download this poster in 11x17 size.

Locker rooms and showers poster, in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino.

Action required: All SF businesses are required to post this in employee breakrooms. Poster with message encouraging SF residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. You can also download this poster in 11x17 size.

Guidance

This 8.5" x 11" poster directs gym customers how to behave to avoid spreading COVID-19. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino.

Guidance about ventilation from the Department of Public Health, for businesses, offices, schools, faith-based and similar organizations.

Other languages: [Chinese]  [Spanish]  [Tagalog]

This guidance for indoor and outdoor gyms and fitness centers was developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) for use by Gyms and Fitness Centers. 

 

See this Guidance in 中文, Pilipino, Español

Orders and directives

Health directive about best practices for outdoor gyms and fitness centers.

Health directive about best practices for indoor gyms and fitness centers.

The Shelter-in-Place Order that states what activities are allowed and prohibited during the COVID-19 emergency.