TRENTON, NJ - Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order for New Jersey's gyms to re-open on Tuesday, September 1 with a capacity level of 25% and a strong adherence to sanitary precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks must be worn at all times during workouts. New Jersey's gyms have been closed for six months, except for personal, individualized training and outdoor classes.
Indoor amusement locations will also reopen with distancing and masking requirements.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo opened gyms statewide, except for those in New York City which remain closed.
"We believe we are ready to take this step forward, "said Murphy, who noted that most gym owners have been assets to their industry and to New Jersey, though some were spectacularly non-compliant. "The knuckleheads are overwhelmed by the good guys," Murphy said.
The following guidelines will be in place at gyms throughout the state:
- Restrictions on indoor group activities (such as cycling classes) to one person for every 200 square feet of space in the room.
- Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times inside the gym.
- Equipment must be six feet apart.
- People must sign a form when they enter the gym that says they will adhere to the safety guidelines.
- Gyms must keep a log of workers and clients, including names and phone numbers, so the information could be made available to contact tracers in the event there’s a COVID-19 exposure at the facility.