Health Club Closures & Openings by Country

This list gives the status of health clubs and fitness facilities by continent and country. It will be regularly updated.

Updated June 3, 2020.

This list gives the status of health clubs and fitness facilities by continent and country. It will be regularly updated.

In cases where specific information on clubs has not been published by national governments, we have used the best available information on physical activity. This information has been collated from multiple sources by IHRSA and our partners. We would like to acknowledge in particular our national federation partners and the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), who have kindly allowed us to use the extracts of an article they have published.

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South Africa

South Africa is still under Level 4 restrictions, but residents were allowed to exercise outside again after five weeks on 1 May. There are still strict curfews, so exercise outside is only permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.


Outdoor exercise is allowed without stopping along the way. Under the federal government's Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment, community sport in Australia will reopen according to Level A, B, and C restrictions. These are currently at Level A where some outdoor training and non-contact sports are allowed in groups of up to 10 people. There are different regulations for all types of amateur and elite sports (see table). On 8 May, the Australian government announced its 3-step framework for states and territories to reopen at their own pace. South Australia and Queensland reopened Gyms on 1 June, with gyms in New South Wales allowed to reopen from 13 June and Northern Territory from 5 June—all with restrictions. Western Australia has easing restrictions from 6 June. Victoria swimming pools from 1 June and gyms with very limited access from 21 June. Tasmania from 2 June and Australia capital territory from 29 May. Fitness Australia which is IHRSA’s National Federation Partner is using a new Fitness Industry Code of practice in May 2020.


Clubs in parts of China have been open since the middle of March, but Beijing clubs have been reopened after closing again since May 1. Hong Kong opened Friday, May 8.


India will not open until July-August in phases, with gyms in the last phase including malls, restaurants, etc. Government is concerned about the ease of spread in gyms and locations with many people. Currently open are other offices with maximum 30% capacity, shops for essential and non-essential services, railways, domestic flights, skilled technicians. There are many (104) red zones with too many cases where nothing is yet open. The states have the final decision, but most are following national guidelines. The industry is trying to engage members with personal trainers, videos to members, etc.


Gyms allowed to reopen 1 June .


Gyms allowed to reopen 13 May.

New Zealand

New Zealand is now operating at “Level 2” which means most businesses, including gyms and exercise facilities, are open. Restrictions are in place for social distancing (1-2 meters), contact tracing, and hygiene measures, with both police and the government health and safety agency (WorkSafe New Zealand) doing regular spot checks on businesses, and closing those that are noncompliant. In addition to government rules, the exercise industry has a framework with significantly more detail, along with more stringent protocols, which can be found here. The framework has been well received by government agencies, the exercise industry, and the media.


Gyms allowed to reopen 15 May.


From 5 May, Singapore eased its newest lockdown to allow exercise with safe distance in public spaces and common areas of high density private residential buildings. Sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools, and playgrounds (including those in private residential blocks) remain closed, with 1 June as the expected reopening date.


Clubs open and operating (never closed).


Lockdown eased from 27 April, allowing walking in special "red" and "green" zones for limited amounts of time (max 2 persons). Green areas and parks were closed until 11 May. Gatherings of more than two people in public spaces will not be allowed.


Outdoor exercise permitted and non-contact sports (e.g. golf and tennis) resumed 1 May. Outdoor facilities such as athletics, tracks, and skiing facilities away from ski resorts also opened 1 May. Parks in Vienna reopened on 14 April.


The Flemish Minister for Sport has announced that, in addition to allowing residents to walk, jog, cycle, and rollerblade outside, outdoor sports and exercise will be permitted again 4 May. Individuals can exercise with two other people who are not from their household. Indoor sports facilities and changerooms will remain closed. Further announcements will be made on 18 May.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Quarantine measures relaxed on 24 April, allowing senior citizens and children to leave home every second day for several hours. But on 29 April it was decided to reinstate the night curfew during the three-day Labour Day holidays and ban gatherings of more than five people.


By Order No. RD-01-143 / 20.03.2020, the Minister of Health suspended visits to parks, urban gardens, sports and children's playgrounds, and facilities in open and closed public places. Now visits to urban parks and gardens are allowed during specified periods of time and only for dog owners and children up to 12 years old with accompanying adults (no more than 2 persons). There is still a ban on visits to outdoor and indoor public and outdoor playgrounds and facilities. Individual outdoor sports activities are allowed from 4 May, but not competitions. Athletes are allowed to do individual training.


Sport and recreational activities were suspended until 4 May. From 11 May, up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in the same place on the condition of physical distancing.


On 4 May, restrictions on daily trips (one per day, approved via mobile text message) were eased to three daily essential outings. Outdoor sports facilities will be accessible for high-level athletes included in the list of the Cyprus Olympic Committee and team sports only. All restrictions on free movement will be lifted 21 May. Gatherings will be permitted in groups of up to 10 people. Parks, play areas in outdoor spaces, and squares will reopen for the public, but again be subject to the 10 people rule. Cypriots will be allowed to visit the beach for recreation from 1 June.

Czech Republic

Individual outdoor exercise and sport allowed from 7 April and sports activities for groups of up to 10 people allowed from 24 April.


Outdoor, self-organised exercise allowed for individuals, pairs, and groups under 10 people. DGI and the Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) announced on 20 April that non-contact outdoor sports clubs (e.g. golf and tennis) could reopen. Changerooms, gyms, and indoor facilities remain closed.


Individual outdoor exercises (max 2 persons) have been allowed throughout quarantine. All indoor organised sports are still banned with no concrete deadline. It is allowed from 2 May to use outdoor playgrounds and sports facilities, but some municipalities (Tallinn) impose restrictions.


Individual outdoor exercises are allowed. The Finnish government announced its "hybrid" reopening strategy on 4 May. It plans to reopen outdoor facilities on 14 May and allow sports competitions to resume from 1 June. A gradual reopening of indoor facilities such as swimming pools, sports facilities, leisure and youth centres will also start on 1 June. There will be a 50-person limit to public gatherings, which included sporting events.


Strict lockdown measures are expected to ease on 11 May, but sport is unlikely to resume anytime soon. Beaches will remain closed until "at least" 1 June as well as some parks. People will be able to move freely outside individually or in groups of under 10 people.


The German government announced on 30 April its plans to reopen playgrounds. The German chancellor announced on 6 May that schools may reopen in phases and outdoor sports may resume for children and non-professional leagues under strict hygiene rules. States can decide about the relaxation of measures at their own discretion. For example, sports training as part of a Verein (association) is allowed outside from 15 May in Brandenburg, and in Hessen, sports where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained have been allowed since 9 May. Fitness studios will be allowed to open from 15 May.


As of 4 May, people may move freely, as long as it is within their own prefecture. Personal exercise will be allowed in open areas and at beaches, except for organised beaches, which will remain shut. Sports events are likely to be cancelled


Hungary began lifting restrictions on 4 May. Sports training for professionals and amateurs is now allowed "behind closed doors" and matches will be allowed to resume without spectators. All parks and open air baths are open to the public. Curfews and restrictions still apply in Budapest and Pest County.


Self-organised exercise and organised sport outdoors is allowed for individuals and groups of up 4 people. Public gatherings (including student groups of all ages) was raised from 20 to 50 people on 4 May. Gyms, swimming pools (including Blue Lagoon), and indoor sports clubs remain closed.


Ireland announced a 5-phase reopening plan on 1 May. Self-organised exercise and organised sport outdoors will be allowed for individuals and groups of up 4 people from 18 May (pitches, tennis courts, and golf clubs will reopen from this date). Small group team training and non-contact sports can resume outdoor training from 8 June. Non-contact sports matches (indoors and outdoors) can resume from 29 June. Swimming pools can reopen and sports leagues resume from 20 July. Close-contact sports, gyms, and spectator sports can restart from 10 August. Limits on mass gatherings to continue.


One of the strictest national quarantine measures was partly lifted on 4 May, with residents being allowed to go outside to walk or exercise and visit relatives within their region. Parks have reopened, and there are even plans to reopen gyms from 1 June. On 3 May, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) published a plan to reopen community and elite sport for children and adults. Training is permitted behind closed doors.


The state of emergency is extended until 9 June. From 12 May, gathering indoors and outdoors is permitted with no more than 25 participants. Indoor events can last no longer than 3 hours, outdoor events are no longer limited in hours. Sports and other leisure venues are restricted to working hours (7:00 until 24:00) It is also permitted to conduct sports training under certain conditions.


The government began to relax its measures from 27 April, but sport clubs and fitness centres remain closed.


Lockdown extended until 31 May, but some restrictions have been eased. Sports clubs opening and outdoor events with maximum 30 participants will be allowed from 18 May. From 30 April, outdoor leisure activities are allowed in open areas, with groups of two families or smaller. Golf and outdoor tennis, outdoor shooting, and water sports have already been permitted.


Individual physical activity (running, walking, and cycling) was always allowed during lockdown. On 5 May, the government released major reopening measures starting 11 May. Contact sports will not be allowed, but outdoor sporting activities resumed 11 May, e.g. tennis, golf, and horse riding. Schools are reopening in three phases (secondary schools, 4 and 11 May; primary schools, 25 May), but all physical education classes will be cancelled until the end of the school year. Playgrounds remain closed, but it will be possible for up to 20 people to meet outside 11 May.


All people aged over 65, pregnant women, and others who suffer from particular medical conditions have been ordered to stay at home. The first relaxation measures came into force 4 May, including permission for gatherings of up to 4 persons. Local councils are now encouraged to open up their streets and public squares to pedestrians and cyclists and make some streets car-free.


Moldova is operating a state of emergency until 15 May. It is not known yet if it will be prolonged, but the situation is stabilising. The government reopened parks on 27 April, so residents are allowed to go for a walk/run or to do other physical activity. Sports facilities and playgrounds and other public movement spaces are still closed, as well as all sports clubs and gyms. People can gather in groups of 3 maximum (exceptions are families and people living together).


The Dutch government has announced a step-by-step reopening of public spaces 11 May. Children up to 12 years old can exercise together under supervision. Young people from 13 to 18 years old are allowed to exercise outside with each other under supervision, but with a distance of 1.5 meters between them. Outdoor sports in groups are allowed for all ages from 11 May, if a 1.5-metre distance can be kept. No competitions, shared changing rooms or showers are allowed. Official matches and competitions will not be allowed. Municipalities will make agreements with local sports clubs and community sports coaches. Different municipalities may opt for different approaches. Indoor fitness clubs, gyms, and sports clubs may not be allowed to open until 1 September.


From 7 May, gatherings and sports activities will be possible in a public place with up to 50 people keeping a minimum 1-meter distance. Sports activities can also resume training following strict health recommendations. Contact sports with high risk of transmitting infection are still not allowed, changerooms remain closed and sports equipment should not be shared. The government is also considering allowing events of up to 200 people from 15 June.


The public is able to use open sports facilities from 4 May. The government is implementing a gradual relaxation of restrictions in grassroots sports, including sport classes in schools, sport and fitness facilities, and outdoor sports events with up to 50 participants, without spectators.


Exercise outdoors has always been permitted under lockdown, for a limit of one hour at a time. Outdoor classes with a max of 5 participants are allowed. All individual sports are now allowed, respecting health rules. Swimming pools, gymnasiums, and indoor classes remain closed until the end of May (source: IPDJ Sport for All Division).


Lockdown will be gradually lifted after 14 May, enabling people to move freely within localities. People will be allowed to do outdoor sports but in groups no larger than three persons. However, this restriction will be waived for professional athletes, who will be able to train in groups, under special conditions. Sports competitions will not resume yet.


The two largest Russian cities, Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, have extended the coronavirus lockdown until 31 May. Starting 12 May, residents will be required to wear face masks and gloves in all public places and transport. The government is working out a 3-stage plan on lifting restrictions, first allowing people to go for walks and exercise on the streets, and opening parks and other recreational facilities in the third stage.


Serbia lifted its restrictions on 7 May and now allows gyms and fitness centres, parks, and public areas intended for recreation and sports to reopen subject to Serbian government regulations. Residents may move freely outside, but are recommended to stay indoors as much as possible.


Sports grounds were reopened 22 April for non-contact sports (food/drinks are not allowed, changerooms are closed). Lockdown will be eased in four stages, with stages 2 and 3 expected to be implemented earlier than planned. Stage 4 will include opening of swimming pools, indoor sport venues, and sports events.


From 4 May, all outdoor activities/exercises/sports are allowed with 2-meter distance from others. Professional non-contact sport as well as individual training for all team sports are also permitted. On 6 May, the government adopted an Ordinance on the Temporary Conditions for Playing Sport, which allows adapted training to take place and competitions to proceed without spectators and only participants who are necessary to carry out the matches.


A ban on exercising outside was introduced in March and lifted 7 weeks later on Saturday, 2 May. Adults are now allowed to exercise between 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and then 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Children can go out to play from midday-7 p.m., and elderly/people with disabilities have protected time slots from 10 a.m.-midday and 7 p.m.-8 p.m.


Outdoor exercise allowed for all. Adult sports matches and tournaments are suspended, but training indoors and outdoors (recommended) is allowed for individuals and groups of under 50 persons. From 17 April, children under 18 can participate in matches and tournaments again. People aged over 70 are advised not to participate in indoor group sports. Gyms remain open according to strict hygiene rules (commercial chain SATS closed for 2 weeks in March). Sports associations can apply to the government for compensation until 15 May (500 million SEK total crisis package).


Restrictions on grassroots sport were lifted on 11 May, when training in all sports and other activities can resume, following strict guidelines. Sports activity may only take place in small groups with a maximum of 5 people, without physical contact and in compliance with hygiene and distance rules. Competitions are also not allowed, but professional sport may resume on 8 June. A decision will be made on 27 May depending on the development of the pandemic.


Lockdowns on weekends are expected to continue until late May. During the week, only citizens 20-65 years old are allowed to go out. Public places like parks are off limits, sports facilities are also closed. From 11 May, it was announced that more people of different age groups will be gradually allowed to go out within limited walking distances, but now lockdown has been extended again until 19 May.


Quarantine is in place until 22 May, and measures are to be eased starting from 11 May: parks, squares, recreation areas will be open for visitors; training of athletes of national teams and individual training will be allowed. Currently, it is prohibited to exercise outdoors. Sport clubs and fitness centres are closed.

United Kingdom

The U.K. government issued a roadmap on 11 May, but this is effectively only for England as the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland governments disagree with some of the timelines and reopening protocols. Each of the three home countries have introduced their own roadmaps. England has allowed a number of businesses to reopen from 13 May, but sports and fitness clubs have not been specifically mentioned. They are currently assumed to be in the same group as hospitality, and so will not be permitted to reopen until July at the earliest. The other U.K. countries are not expected to open until at least July or possibly later.


Quarantine extended until 24 May. Residents can walk approximately 500 metres from their homes for an hour, but social, cultural, sports, and religious events are still suspended. Regions with less than 500,000 residents may be exempt if they follow health regulations.


Some states are easing restrictions, while others announced stricter lockdowns this week. Gyms and clubs were allowed to reopen in one state, Santa Catarina, on 22 April. This includes facilities that offer gymnastics, weights, Crossfit, dance, and swimming. Gyms can be open at only 30% capacity and members must schedule to go and wear face masks. They can stay for 45 minutes, cannot use their mobile phones inside and have to bring their own bottle of water. The use of locker rooms is forbidden. Group training is not allowed (source: Sesc and state government). The governor of São Paulo announced a gradual reopening of the state 11 May. Other states, such as São Luís, Maranhão, and Ceará introduced stricter lockdown measures from 5 May or extended existing ones, meaning that parks are closed and residents may not exercise outside.


The government has introduced a nationwide curfew (from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and selective quarantines on areas with high incidences of the virus. From 12 May, the current quarantine for the communes of Santiago, Quilicura, Recoleta, and Cerrillos in the Metropolitan Region and for the urban area of Antofagasta and all of Mejillones in the north of the country is extended. The restriction on moving applies only to communes that are in total quarantine. Additionally, there is a ban on public gatherings of more than 500 people.


Phase 3 of the epidemic was declared on 21 April, meaning further limitations on movement in public spaces until 30 May. Measures include stay-at-home orders, restrictions on public gatherings, and in some areas curfews and mandatory face masks in public areas. Mexico plans to begin easing restrictions from 1 June if the current measures are successful.


In mid-March, the government declared a state of national emergency. On 8 May, the government presented proposals to reinforce quarantine. Among the current measures is the mandatory use of masks, physical distancing, and good hygiene.


Cautious reopening is happening across the provinces according to multi-phase plans. Outdoor exercise restrictions were eased at the beginning of May, and recreation activities such as golf and fishing have been allowed to resume in some provinces. Reopening of organised sports, swimming pools, and gyms is being contemplated from June in less affected provinces.

United States

In the world's worst hit country, stay-at-home orders have been in place for 39 states, but some are gradually lifting restrictions and publishing multi-phase reopening plans. Restrictions vary greatly from state-to-state. For example, gyms in Tennessee were allowed to open again from 1 May, Nevada, New Mexico, and New Hampshire are reopening parks and golf courses, and Florida reopened beaches on 17 April.

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Kilian Fisher

Kilian Fisher is the International Public Policy Advisor for IHRSA.