Effective today, September 1, all New Jersey gyms may reopen their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gyms have been allowed to operate for about two months, but only on a limited basis. They have only been allowed to be used for personal trainers to give private lessons to individuals or multiple members of the same household or the same “bubble,” as Murphy has referred to it.
The governor has refused to fully reopen gyms and his administration has taken action against gym owners who defied his orders. The owners of a South Jersey gym were arrested in July for refusing to keep their gym closed. The arrest sparked a court battle that has resulted, so far, in nearly $130,000 in fines against the owners of the gym.
They will be required to operate at 25% of indoor capacity and follow other safety guidelines. The new rules for gyms include:
Restrictions on indoor group activities (such as cycling classes) to one person for every 200 square feet of space in the room.
– Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times inside the gym.
– Equipment must be six feet apart.
– People must sign a form when they enter the gym that says they will adhere to the safety guidelines.
– Gyms must keep a log of workers and clients, including names and phone numbers, so the information could be made available to contact tracers in the event there’s a COVID-19 exposure at the facility.