06/29/20 Gym Update

Dear Members,

Firstly, WELCOME BACK!! Wow, 89 days without you and Joe and I were starting to tell the same stories over and over and laugh at our own jokes.

Seriously, the return of our members has been an incredible jolt of energy to my staff and me and, hopefully, to each of our "old" members and our increasing number of new members. We are beginning to return to the check-in levels we were seeing in late February and we are most appreciative.

Hopefully, we are all getting used to the "new norm" via our guidelines and protocols but we would be remiss if we didn't reiterate and highlight the absolute "gotta do's" as we work in partnership to KEEP OUR COMMUNITY GYM OPEN AND VIBRANT.

General Guidance


  1. All staff, vendors, and patrons are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from individuals, who are not part of their household group. **Reminders of the above will be posted throughout the gym.
  2. All staff, vendors, and patrons are required to wear a face covering where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, per CDC recommendations and pertinent Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor.
    • Naturally, face coverings do not need to be worn while an individual is eating or drinking.
    • Face coverings may not be compatible with many activities and may inhibit respiration during exercise, and thus could be removed during cardiovascular activities as long as 6-feet of social distance is maintained.
    • Additional information about proper use of face coverings is available from the CDC (see: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19). **Reminders of the above will be posted throughout the gym/li>
  3. Foley’s Fitness will ensure that the number of individuals in our building will not exceed the limit established by the Governor’s Executive Order.

Other Foley’s Considerations

  1. Locker Rooms
    • Use of locker rooms will be minimized as much as possible.
    • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected by staff on a regular and scheduled basis.
    • Handwashing signs will be posted in all restrooms to remind members and guests of the importance of that act.
    • Restroom occupancy will be limited to incorporate physical distancing guidelines.
  2. Gym Floor
    • ​​​​​​​Staff will clean and disinfect gym floors frequently.
    • Staff will disinfect high touch areas frequently throughout business hours for the gym.
    • Our facility will have hand sanitizing stations easily accessible to all. Members will be required to sanitize their hands and disinfect the equipment before and after use.
    • Members are to avoid use or sharing of items that are not easily cleaned or disinfected. **Members are encouraged to bring their own personal equipment such as yoga mats, towels, and bring their own water.
    • Members are encouraged to use only one piece of equipment at a time (i.e., no circuits or “super setting”) so that machines are cleaned after each use.
    • Members are encouraged to consider limiting workout length to avoid unnecessary exposure, decrease congestion, and allow for additional cleaning and disinfection time.
    • Close-contact activities are not recommended (e.g. weight-lifting activities that require “spotters”). If used, masks are required.
    • Personal Trainers and clients are encouraged to wear masks when distancing is challenged.
    • Members are discouraged from lingering in common areas.

  3. We have temporarily converted our KidsZone room into a "Senior and High Risk-Safe Zone." (This is a semi-private area off the main gym floor with an elliptical and two stationary bikes. Additionally, weight-training equipment can be made available upon request, exclusively for high-risk populations (or otherwise provide accommodations for these populations).

    • High-risk Members and Guests have the responsibility to meet with their primary care provider to determine if utilizing a gym or fitness center is reasonably safe for them.
    • Persons at high-risk for COVID-19:
    • People 65 or older
    • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled including:
      • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
      • People who have serious heart conditions
      • People who are immunocompromised: Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
      • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
      • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
      • People with diabetes
      • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
      • People with liver disease