The following plan details CFSBK’s member-facing compliance protocols to meet the requirements outlined in the Reopening New York Gyms & Fitness Centers Guidelines. These plans will be re-evaluated with any updated guidelines.
Occupancy, Distancing and Facility
CFSBK will be reopening with significantly limited capacity. Group classes and open gym sessions will initially be limited to eight members in 597 and eight in 608. The Annex will hold no more than 4 total occupants. Staffing has also been limited to accommodate a total volume well below 33% of each facility’s occupancy and will allow for consistent social distancing of 6′ in all directions.
All visits to the gym will be by appointment only and for a specific amount of time.
Workout stations have been taped down in order to clearly indicate each member’s training area. Each station will include its own barbell, rack, bench, stretching mat and a cleaning kit.
Walkway lines have been put down to help members queue up and navigate the space while maintaining 6′ of distance between each other while at the gym.
Staff onsite will oversee and facilitate proper distancing protocols during all business hours.
Smaller rooms, like the coat room in 597 and the 608 locker rooms, have been sealed off to members. The showers will no longer be available for use. Clear signage will be placed around the facilities indicating access and capacity where applicable.
Members must come to the gym alone. No kids, friends or dogs. 🙁
Programming will be such that spotting will be rarely required. When and if it must happen a coach will provide it.
Health Screen & Masks
Every visit to the gym will require:
- Pre-registration via Zen Planner
- Completion of a mandatory health screening questionnaire via QR code scan upon entry
- Contactless temperature check
- Consistent and correct use of an appropriate mask at all times.
Individuals who screen positive for covid-19 symptoms will not be allowed access to the gym.
Acceptable face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks appropriate for exercise that cover both the mouth and nose. Bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings for use in gyms.
Cleaning & Disinfection
Upon entering the gym, every member will disinfect their hands via touch free disinfectant dispensers or by washing their hands. Additional hand disinfectant stations will be available throughout the gym.
Each workout station will have access to cleaning solution and disposable towels to disinfect their equipment after usage.
10 minutes will be built into the end of each training session for members to clean and put away their equipment. A staffer will oversee this process. A cleaning solution with %75 alcohol and disposable towels will be available at every exercise station.
Our front desk will regularly disinfect any frequently touched surfaces including the bathrooms every 2 hours.
The gym will be deep cleaned twice a week by a professional cleaning crew.
All members will be required to have accurate phone numbers, emails and addresses associated with their Zen Planner account.
We maintain ongoing digital records regarding everyone who attends our gym as well as every other member and employee who shared space with a particular person.
CFSBK is required to notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 test results by an individual at the gym.
In the case of an individual testing positive, CFSBK must cooperate with the state and local health departments as required to trace all contacts in the gym and notify state and local health department of all individuals who entered the gym dating back 48 hours before the individual first experienced COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive, which ever is earlier. Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations.
Air Handling Systems
All our roll up gates, windows and doors to the outside will be left open to encourage plenty of natural air circulating through the faciilty.
Ceiling fans will be set at a medium breeze and set to pull air upwards.
Out exhaust fan will be on at all times, including beyond business hours to continuously flush air out of the building. Our exhaust fan can pull the full the full volume of air out of 597 every 45 minutes.
Industrial floor fans will be set at low speed and point toward the outside to perpetually exhaust air.
Small fans will be placed near windows to continuously exhaust air out.
Exhaust fans in bathrooms will be regularly inspected.
Covid Related FAQs
What do I do when I get to the gym?
We ask that everyone arrive 5 minutes prior to their class start time and line up on the marked spots until a staffer initiates the check-in process. You will not be signing in at the front desk anymore, check your class RSVP to see if you should go to directly to 608 or 597 and get in line to be let in. Make sure you’ve filled out the health screening questionnaire before every class, this is a good time to do that if you haven’t yet. Come ready to train in your workout clothing so we can perform the check-in process quickly. Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the building and a staffer will take your temperature, sign you into class and direct you which station to head to.
Where will I put my stuff?
Members can bring their belonging into their workout areas. There is some limited shelving options as well.
Do I have to wear a mask? I don’t like it/feel like I can’t breath etc.
Appropriate face coverings will be strictly required at all times while at the gym. There are no exceptions to this policy, if you feel like you can’t wear a mask, we ask that you consider our virtual classes instead.
Will there be chalk at the gym?
We have removed all the communal chalk buckets from the gym. You can bring your own, (some people like liquid chalk) or a purchased a sealed brick of chalk in a 1 gallon zip lock bag for $2 at the front desk. You’ll write your name on the bag and it can be part of your personal kit that you bring to the gym. A single brick should last one person 6+ months.
Can I leave my weightlifting shoes/belt etc at the gym?
We will no longer be allowing members to leave any training equipment at the gym.
Will there be showers and sweat towels?
The showers and 608 locker rooms will be sealed off. We will not be providing sweat towels.
Can my kid/partner/dog come with me?
Sorry, invisible friends only
Can I come early or hang out after class?
Time in the gym will be strictly limited to the training window signed up for.
Will we be sharing equipment?
Equipment sharing will be extremely limited and when it does happen sanitation protocols will be put in place.
How/when is the equipment cleaned?
10 minutes is built into the end of each training session for members to clean up their equipment. Cleaning solution and disposable towels will be provided at every station. We will also have additional professional cleaning that happens several times per week.
Should I come to the gym if I have preexisting conditions or consider myself a high risk population for COVID-19?
There is an inherent risk of contracting covid in any public environment. While our safety protocols are thorough, we recommend individuals who consider themselves at high risk to not return to the gym just yet. We offer many virtual classes to keep you safe and fit from home.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Any member who has been at the gym that tests positive for the virus should inform us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact the city and follow their guidance and protocol detailed above.