Fitness Facilities Guidance

Fitness facilities are permitted to re-open in Phase #3 of Renew PEI Together

This guideline applies to gyms, fitness studios, yoga studios, climbing walls, swimming pools, spas, and similar indoor recreational facilities.

Core operational measures

required by all businesses, services, and organizations:

  • develop an operational plan detailing methods to mitigate transmission of disease.
  • take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing (including employees and/or clients) of two metres (six feet) between each other.
  • take every reasonable step required to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces.
  • develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.
  • ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.

Indoor recreational facility measures

  • Ensure at least one staff member is present when open for business to ensure proper cleaning and disinfection is taking place, and that patrons are maintaining physical distancing.
  • Limit the number of patrons permitted in the facility to ensure physical distancing, prevent large gatherings, and allow staff sufficient time to clean and disinfect equipment and other surfaces frequently.
  • Limit the number of patrons permitted in swimming pools within a facility to ensure physical distancing.
  • Consider implementing a booking system that allows a limited number of patrons to book and attend at a specified time-slot, and ensure there is sufficient time between time-slots to allow for cleaning and disinfection of equipment.
  • Increase physical distancing measures for activities that involve vigorous breathing and exhalation (e.g. certain yoga practices or group classes).
  • Group classes can be offered provided:
    • patrons are able to maintain physical distancing from one another at all times during a class,
    • gathering limits are adhered to, and
    • if there will be more than one gathering at one time at a facility (indoor or outdoor), guidance on multiple gatherings must be followed.
  • Operations must keep daily records of all patrons and staff. This can be done with a responsible person completing attendance on site or electronically with verification on site. Records including the names and phone number should be kept for one month to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. Operations should have an internal process in place to quickly retrieve these records, should the records be needed, even on weekends. These records should be stored in a safe, secure location for one month after creation of the records and then disposed of using a secure destruction method to maintain the confidentiality of participants. For paper records, secure destruction means, at minimum, cross-cut shredding.
  • Where possible, increase the space between fitness equipment to achieve a minimum two metres (six feet) distancing between users. If this is not possible, ensure patrons maintain physical distancing when using fitness equipment.
  • Implement strict hand hygiene requirements for all patrons before and after each use of equipment that is not easily cleaned and disinfected (i.e. climbing wall holds, ropes, etc.).
  • Provide patrons with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant in a spray bottle and paper towels to disinfect equipment before and after use.  Discontinue use of re-usable towels and cloths.
  • Encourage patrons to bring their own yoga mats.  If yoga mat rental is permitted, ensure the mat is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Modify personal coaching sessions as necessary to maintain physical distancing.
  • Ensure there is sufficient time between group classes to allow for cleaning and disinfection of equipment.
  • Use floor markings at reception desks to indicate where customers should stand to maintain physical distancing.
  • If appropriate to the space, use floor markings to promote one-way flow through the facility and where lines form to ensure two metre (six feet) physical separation.
  • Remove features that encourage customers to congregate or linger in place, including benches, sofas, and seating areas.
  • Ensure employees and customers have easy access to hand sanitizer with at least 60% - 80% alcohol and/or hand-washing stations and no-touch disposal receptacles.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces at least twice a day or more, including doorknobs, light switches, and railings.
  • If restrooms and/or showers are available, limit the number of users at a given time, maintain handwashing supplies, increase cleaning and disinfecting frequency, and install no-touch garbage bins.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect point-of-sale devices and touch screens at reception desks.
  • Encourage customers to use cashless payment when possible.
  • Close customer self-serve drink stations, water dispensers, and water fountains, and advise patrons to bring their own filled water bottles.
  • If applicable, towel service should not be offered at this time.
  • Do not provide shared chalk.
  • Encourage patrons to arrive at the facility in workout clothes and to avoid using locker rooms and showers on site.  If locker rooms are permitted to be used, ensure disinfectant spray or wipes are available for patrons to disinfect locker contact surfaces before and after use.
  • Close saunas and steam rooms.
  • Consider closing hot tubs if strict physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Consider supporting vulnerable customers by providing access to dedicated facility hours.
  • Print and post signage at all entries and throughout the facility outlining policies and procedures such as:
    • Physical distancing expectations,
    • Hand hygiene,
    • Respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing), and
    • Cleaning and disinfection practices and expectations.
  • Print and post signage at entries into the facility to notify patrons NOT to enter if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Non-medical masks may be used by employees when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Non-medical masks and gloves are not a replacement for any of the above measures.
Published date: 
June 16, 2020
Health and Wellness

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Department of Health and Wellness
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Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca