All Michigan gyms still closed in the state will be allowed to reopen Sept. 9 after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two executive orders on Sept. 3, the governor’s office announced.
Executive Order 2020-176 reopened Michigan’s gyms and pools in the regions where they remain closed, and Executive Order 2020-175 outlined strict workplace safety measures that gyms and pools must follow to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.
Gyms in the northern lower peninsula and upper peninsula of Michigan are open, but gyms in the rest of the state have remained closed until these orders.
All gyms and pools that reopen must enforce strict safety measures, including operating at 25 percent capacity. Members must provide their name and phone number upon entry. Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including during exercise. Gym operators must configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable six feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym and more. Saunas and hot tubs must remain closed.
“On behalf of the Michigan Fitness Club Association, we appreciate Governor Whitmer’s announcement regarding the re-opening of gyms and fitness centers,” Alyssa Tushman, vice chair of the association, said in the media release. “The health and safety of our members, staff, and the public in general is our top priority. We are well-prepared to ensure a safe, clean environment and we are excited to offer Michiganders the opportunity to resume their exercise routines. We look forward to working with Governor Whitmer and her administration to help build a healthy Michigan.”
Whitmer said that people who go to the gym after the orders go into effect should take the precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families.