The term “social distancing” became familiar at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and has likely become a permanent part of the global lexicon. But what does social distancing mean for health clubs, specifically?
“Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to keep potentially infectious people from coming into contact with healthy, uninfected people,” IHRSA’s Alexandra Black Larcom wrote in a recent article. “It is a key part of a mitigation strategy to slow the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, through communities to protect high-risk populations and prevent (or contain) surges in illness that could overwhelm the healthcare system. Current recommendations around COVID-19 and social distancing include keeping at least 6 feet (2 meters) separation between people when out in public, and wearing a cloth face covering when other social distancing measures are harder to maintain.”
As clubs begin to reopen, finding ways to effectively communicate and enforce new social distancing protocols will take planning, trial and error, and a bit of creativity. We reached out to IHRSA clubs that have already reopened or are in the process of setting up their new equipment layouts, traffic flow patterns, and clear social distancing signage.