Reopening guidance for gyms and fitness centers

Documents needed to reopen gyms during the pandemic.

General requirements

Operate as much as you can outdoors. Up to 25 people can be in your outdoor space. Everyone must be able to physically distance for the activity.

Indoor gyms and fitness centers must close, due to SF being assigned to the State’s Purple Tier. Personal trainers can still work one-on-one with customers.

Gyms must implement at least one required ventilation measure if operating indoors.

Close lockers, showers, saunas, and childcare facilities. Do not let children under 18 into the gym. Customers can only go inside the locker room to use the restrooms. 

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

Set up physical distancing based on activity

Set up cardio and weightlifting equipment at least 12 feet apart inside. People will be breathing harder while using them. Equipment for stretching, or outdoor equipment can be set up 6 feet apart. 

If possible, place equipment so customers are facing away from each other when using them. Provide sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer at each station. Customers must disinfect equipment before and after they use them.

Disinfect 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

8.5 x 11 poster in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino addressing the pause in reopening.

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

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: 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.

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.

This guidance for indoor 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

Tips and FAQ for outdoor gyms.

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

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

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.

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

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

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