As coronavirus related stay-at-home orders enter their second month in many regions, businesses and policymakers are starting to consider when—and how—to reopen the economy. Several countries, as well as U.S. states, have begun discussing a gradual return to business under certain circumstances. Some countries, including China, have been open with strict, incrementally easing regulations for over a month, and countries such as Sweden and Taiwan have kept clubs open throughout.
Any reopening of fitness centers will include extensive social distancing and enhanced cleaning in the initial phase. International and national guidelines currently recommend people stay at least six feet—or roughly two meters—away from each other in public. Nevertheless, reopening businesses will need to go further. Clubs will need to outline new cleaning protocols and ensure adequate staffing and supplies to execute these plans.
With any plan, it is essential that the decision to reopen complies with the most up-to-date information from national, regional, state, and local authorities with regards to a reopening timetable and any restrictions you must put in place upon reopening.
Here are questions to consider as you begin planning how—and when—to open your club. We've broken down the questions into four categories:
- Cleaning and Sanitation,
- Staffing, and