CAMDEN, NJ — Planning to visit a gym in Camden County?

Health officials want you to know a list of best practices, with such trips possible as since Sept. 1, since the region is far from out of the woods when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“While no safety measure can completely eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19, there are several ways you can reduce the risk posed by an indoor gym,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Health Department.

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On Wednesday, Camden County confirmed three more deaths (555 total) and 22 more positive cases (10,674). The fatalities were that of a woman in her 60s of Pine Hill, a woman in her 70s of Voorhees and a woman in her 70s from Haddonfield. 

“Today, Governor Murphy announced that the state has reached a 3 percent positivity rate for the first time since July. Remember, even if many of those cases are in a handful of municipalities, it only takes one asymptomatic person to quickly spread this disease elsewhere. That’s why we must continue to take precautions like wearing masks and keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others," said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.

Rodriguez says the best way to plan a trip to a facility is to first confirm that safety guidelines will be adhered to and sufficient staff will be on hand. 

Here are other tips released by the county Wednesday:

Before going to the gym:

  • Familiarize yourself with NJ Guidance for Health Clubs/Gyms/Fitness Centers;
  • Check if the gym is complying with CDC’s COVID-19 safe practice guidelines;
  • Check if the staff is receiving daily health screening and wearing proper protective; equipment; and
  • Locate the protocol for if there is a possible suspected COVID-19 case.

What you need before you go:

  • Wear CDC recommended cloth masks at all times while at the gym;
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers frequently;
  • Bring disinfectant wipes to sanitize equipment before and after use;
  • Take your own water bottle and sweat towel;
  • Skip the locker room and head home for your after-work out and shower.

Keep your distance while working out:

  • Stay 6 to 8 feet away from others while working out, even when wearing a mask; and
  • Be mindful of distancing in shared spaces such as check-in areas, locker rooms, free weight spaces, and group fitness studios.

Limit or avoid group classes:

  • Check to see if your fitness center provides outdoor or virtual group classes;
  • If you do a group exercise class, be sure it limits participants and you are 6 to 12 feet away from each other.

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