MEDFORD, Ore--- On Thursday, Governor Kate Brown approved all of our local counties to reopen under Phase One on Friday, May 15th.
While gyms remain excited to reopen for their members, not all of them will be opening right away.
The Oregon Health Authority guidance for fitness centers was not released until 2 p.m. on Thursday, just one day before gyms are allowed to reopen. Some gyms will have to remain closed for a few days to make sure they can follow all of the guidelines.
"It will be soon and it will be at the exact right time to support the health and wellness of our members," said Club Northwest Owner Scott Draper.
Club Northwest says it will have to remain closed for the coming days in order to make sure that it adheres to Governor Brown's orders. It says the well being and health of the members is the highest priority.
Club Northwest and other gyms will certainly be impacted by Governor Brown's order to keep all saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools closed. They are closed along with pools for recreation swim activities, swimming lessons, and all other aquatic activities.
"We have multiple pools, and we will open when it is appropriate. There are lots of ways to stay healthy and well. We do have a lot of people that enjoy our pools, but again, we are committed to doing this right," said Draper.
Cleanliness is another focal point. Urban Fit owner Steve Adams feels that gyms will not have much of an issue with cleanliness because gyms have cleanliness at a high priority as it is.
"I pride myself on cleanliness," said Adams. "I like the fact that people come in here and say "this is the cleanest place I have ever seen. There is no dust on anything. It is clean. So, if we need to increase that to satisfy any regulations, we will certainly do that."
Fitness-related organizations are required to:
• Limit the number of individuals in the facility and focus on maintaining at least six (6)
feet of physical distance between people. Each facility should use its total square
footage to determine the maximum number of occupants for the entire facility.
• Determine the maximum occupancy for different areas of the gym (e.g., classrooms,
weight room, gymnasium, locker room) and limit admittance accordingly.
• Limit fitness class size to maximum occupancy of the room (as long as it ensures six (6)
feet of separation).
• Consider holding fitness activities or classes outdoors if it can be done safely, when it
does not violate any local ordinances, and when participants and instructors can
maintain six feet of physical distance. Limit exercise equipment stations to those located
at least six (6) feet apart. If equipment cannot be moved to facilitate physical
distancing, it must be blocked from being used.
• Prohibit contact sports that involve participants coming into bodily contact, close
quarters (less than six (6) feet apart), or using shared equipment (e.g., basketball,
squash, racquetball, taekwondo, karate, wrestling, mixed martial arts).
• Only allow gymnasiums to be used for non-contact sports or individual skills
development not requiring contact with other people.
• For one-to-one personal training, maintain six (6) feet of physical distance between
trainer and client. If close contact within six (6) feet is unavoidable, it is strongly
recommended that the client wear a face covering and the time during which close
contact occurs is minimized. Trainer and client should thoroughly wash hands with soap
and warm water or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content) immediately before and
A full list of the Oregon Health Authority's guidance can be found here.
Some gyms will be ready to go earlier than some. If you are wondering if your gym is open, NewsWatch 12 recommends looking that gym up on social media, as this is where a lot of gyms have announced their reopenings. You can also give your gym a call to find out if they are open.