Gym and Fitness Center COVID-19 Inspections
On August 17, Governor Cuomo announced that gyms and fitness centers can reopen starting on August 24. New York State tasked local health departments with inspecting these businesses within 2 weeks of opening, to ensure compliance with state guidelines. However, the state delegated the opening of indoor fitness classes to each county.
In Schenectady County, all gyms and fitness centers, including indoor fitness and aquatic classes, may open as early as Monday, August 24. To be eligible, businesses must affirm compliance with state guidelines.
The guidelines apply to standalone, hotel, residential and office gyms and fitness centers, gyms and fitness centers in higher education institutions, yoga/Pilates/barre studios, boxing/kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, CrossFit or other plyometric boxes and other group fitness classes (e.g. spin, rowing, dancing).
New York State requires all gyms and fitness centers to sign an electronic affirmation, attesting that they have read, and are in compliance with, the State Detailed Guidelines prior to reopening and requires each establishment to maintain a business safety plan on premises.
Once these requirements have been met, gyms and fitness centers must request an inspection from the County's health department. Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) will conduct inspections within 14 days of receiving a request.
Questions? Call (518) 386-2818, extension 9258, for assistance.