Millions of people around the world have been infected with COVID-19. Across multiple waves of outbreaks, governments around the world have closed or restricted almost every business category in some way. Health and fitness centers, assumed by many policymakers and consumer to be high-risk at the start of the pandemic. However, fitness facilities operating with safety protocols in place have been shown to be lower risk venues for COVID-19 transmission.
These safety protocols include:
Key Considerations for Sports, Fitness, Aquatics & Ancillary Facilities/Clubs in the Context of COVID-19 is a result of collaboration between several working groups led by the International Health, Racquet, & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), and EuropeActive. These working groups will continue to review and update the materials as evidence becomes available.
This document also includes the Risk Assessment Tool and Mitigation Checklist, which incorporates measures from the World Health Organization (WHO) general COVID-19 mitigation checklist as well as factors specific to sports and fitness centers.