Per government mandate, mask/face covering will be required at all times indoors and outdoors.
Locations within the clubs where masks/face coverings will be required include:
- Entering and exiting clubs
- Moving from point to point around the clubs
- During all workouts (weightlifting, use of cardio equipment, group fitness classes, etc.)
Exceptions for wearing masks/face coverings at the clubs will include:
- When in the swimming pool. A wet face covering may make it difficult to breathe. For activities like swimming, it is particularly important to maintain physical distance from others when in the water.
Why are we wearing masks/face coverings?
Cloth masks/face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth mask/face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This CDC recommendation, California state mandate, and In-Shape Health Club requirement is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows cloth masks/face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of cloth masks/face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
What type of mask/face covering is acceptable at In-Shape?
Any solid cloth, preferably with three layers of cloth, that achieves the following:
- The mouth and nose are fully covered
- The covering fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps
- You do not have any difficulty breathing while wearing the cloth mask/face covering
- The cloth mask/face covering can be tied or otherwise secured to prevent slipping
- For clubs in LA county (Lancaster, Palmdale East, Palmdale West), face masks or coverings with one-way valves are not permitted.
What if a person is having difficulty breathing during a workout?
Any person with health concerns or conditions should consult with their physician prior to exercising with a mask/face covering. If a person becomes overly winded or is having difficulty getting sufficient air, it is permissible to stop the exercise and raise their mask/face covering in order to get a steady flow of air. The mask/face covering should be replaced once the person has recovered, and prior to resuming exercise. This should be done in a location where you are able to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance from others.
What if a person has a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask/face covering?
In accordance with the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings issued on June 18, 2020 (revised June 29, 2020), any person with a medical condition (including those for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing), mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering may be exempt from doing so. Affected members should speak with their club management or send a request via email to: email@example.com regarding the need for an exemption.
Our People Operations Team will work with affected members to find a reasonable accommodation. Affected members will be asked to provide verification from a medical provider that the member has a condition that prevents him or her from wearing a face covering. Affected members will not be permitted into any club without a mask/face covering until a reasonable accommodation (if available) has been agreed to by the In-Shape Health Clubs People Operations Team and affected member.