New York: A Plan for the Safe, Smart Reopening of Small Health Clubs

New York: A Plan for the Safe, Smart Reopening of Small Health Clubs

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Christina Lombardi started this petition to Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone

We, the owners and members of small, independently-owned and operated health clubs of New York recognize, respect and believe:

  • In the serious and unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • That our government leaders have already taken necessary action to slow the spread of the virus and are planning a careful return to responsible economic activity.
  • That owners and operators of small health clubs fulfill the mission of New York Health - to improve the health of people within our communities.
  • That, for any reintroduction of services, health and safety must remain our top priority. 


To that end, it is our position that:

As suggested in Opening Up America Again, health clubs are permitted to reopen during the first phase of New York's action plan.  Small health clubs, possess the agility to quickly implement and enforce any changes to health, safety, and social distancing guidelines.  

It is our suggestion that, during this initial phase, your action plan include the following:

1. Spacing, Capacity and Activity Limitations

Owners will ensure a minimum of 100 square feet per person, including staff, in any facility.

Owners will ensure a minimum transitional period of 15 minutes between classes/sessions to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements.  This will also allow staff to disinfect space and equipment between classes.
Owners will ensure that each participant has (a) a designated training area to create appropriate and consistent physical distance and (b) designated equipment to minimize any physical interaction between participants.


2. Disinfection Methods

Members and staff will be encouraged to practice personal hygiene standards according to CDC guidelines posted in the club.
All equipment and common areas, including restrooms shall be disinfected, according to CDC standards, in between each scheduled activity.


3. Member and Trainer Behaviors

Members and staff will be encouraged to adhere to the individual behavioral guidelines set forth by the state.
Trainers will record attendance for each scheduled activity, which may be used to support any necessary contact tracing.  All members will check into the gym, which may be used to support any necessary contact tracing.


We welcome dialogue with local government leaders and health officials to discuss how small health club owners can be most safe and effective in improving the health of our communities while continuing to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Should the spread of the virus continue to slow and our methods prove effective, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss the next phase of reopening as it pertains to small health clubs.

Thank you for your time and service.

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