Open Personal Training Studios During Phase 2

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Open Personal Training Studios During Phase 2

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George McGuire started this petition to Governor Jay Inslee

Governor Inslee,

On May 1st, 2020 you extended the Washington State stay at home order until May 31st as well as rolling out your four-phase plan to reopen the economy while still working to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This plan allows for many service-based businesses to reopen in a limited fashion during phase two and includes businesses such as barber shops, beauty salons, and nail salons. Gyms are not allowed to reopen and while in many cases we agree with this decision, we believe that the fitness space should be reexamined.

Governor, we propose that you make a separate classification for small, locally owned gyms that operate primarily as one-on-one and small group personal training studios. Our small businesses are a completely different model than the mainstream “large box” gyms that many are accustomed to.

Small personal training studios have the advantage of being able to adjust their day to day operations for the safety of our members, staff, and community by:

  • Controlling the number of people in our facilities (most have an average of no more than 10 people per hour in the facility at one time, and are able to adjust those numbers based on limiting class and training sizes).
  • Adjusting layout and equipment selection to maintain social distancing and decrease risk of cross contamination
  • More quickly and frequently deep clean and sanitize our facilities to maintain a clean environment
  • Operating with a smaller staff to decrease risk spreading of Covid-19
  • Operating with smaller gym space (most are 2500 square feet and under) allowing for better quality cleaning and sanitizing
  • Providing a service without physically touching our members (beauty salons, nail salons, and barber shops all MUST touch their clients to perform their service)

Our personal and small group training studios have built thriving micro-communities that our members and clients rely on for physical, emotional, and mental health and fitness. Many of our members would tell you that our businesses are essential to their daily routines as we help improve their health and fitness while also helping to relieve stress and anxiety.

We understand that if we are to open in phase two that we must do so in a limited capacity and with strict guidelines to keep our members, clients, and staff safe. We propose the following:

  • Make a separate classification for small locally owned personal training studios to be distinguished from large corporate big box gyms
  • Session sizes be limited to 10 people or less
  • All staff must wear face masks and gloves
  • Equipment must not be shared during sessions and cleaned and sterilized after each use
  • In cases that equipment must be shared it will be wiped down and sterilized between members
  • Facilities must be cleaned and sterilized after each session or every 2 hours, whichever is shorter
  • Facilities be fully stocked with proper cleaning supplies, masks and gloves for staff use, and hand sanitizer
  • Facilities clearly mark off workout areas so proper social distancing standards may be observed
  • Members, clients, and staff are denied entry and sent home when showing signs of illness

As business owners and members of our local communities we take the health and safety of our members, clients, and staff very seriously. We are confident that we will be able to operate our businesses in a safe and responsible way that will meet the standards that you have laid out to a fully reopened economy. We are also willing to meet any additional standards you feel will help us keep our communities safe if we are allowed to open in phase two of your plan.

Now, more than ever, people need a healthy outlet to relieve their stress and anxiety. Please allow us do to our part by serving our communities and allowing us to open in the second phase of your plan.

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