At In-Shape, we require a mask/face covering to be worn at all times indoors (encouraged outdoors).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.