When will gyms reopen in California? Newsom says guidelines on fitness centers are coming in a 'week or so'

The governor's remarks came after his announcement that most hair salons and barbershops are now able to reopen in California.

ByJocelyn Fiset and Alix Martichoux KGO logo
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Gov. Newsom hosts roundtable with California fitness industry members to talk reopening gyms
Gov. Newsom is hosting a roundtable discussion with members of the California fitness industry to talk reopening gyms amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SAN FRANCISCO -- When do gyms reopen in California and what will they look like when they do? Gov. Gavin Newsom held a roundtable discussion on Wednesday to talk about reopening the fitness industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants shared how they are dealing with the crisis, how they are adapting their workplaces, and what opportunities they see to reinvent their businesses and our state's economy.

Newsom says he hopes that within a week or so, the state can release guidelines for reopening gyms. But he also points out that the fitness industry is multi-faceted and he doesn't want to be naive and just put out something bland that doesn't meet the unique criteria and considerations.

In the meantime, some gyms and instructors have been able to switch to virtual, one-on-one classes to make money. "We're continuing to work our mission virtually," one fitness industry member said.

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Some fitness classes are being held outdoors, following safety guidelines from the county.

When gyms do reopen, some ideas the fitness industry leaders are considering to keep customers safe are using painters tape to mark spaced out areas to practice social distancing, masks for members and employees, extensive disinfecting and no community chalk buckets.

Members of the fitness industry included in the discussion stressed that, while they really need to reopen soon to save their businesses, they will work with the state of California and local officials to do it safely.

On Tuesday, Newsom announced hair salons and barbershops are now able to reopen their doors in most of California.

Counties that have attested to the state that COVID-19 is under control locally can reopen those businesses effective immediately. Forty-seven of California's 58 counties have completed that process so far.

Newsom's announcement moves California into Phase 3 of reopening the state's economy.

Tuesday's modification to the state's stay-at-home order does not allow for nail salons to reopen. (Newsom revealed earlier this month the first known case of community spread in the state could be tracked back to a nail salon.) Gyms, movie theaters and professional sports without live audiences are also included in Phase 3, but not allowed to open at this time.