Gyms were one of the last places in my neighborhood to close as our city came to a pause to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Although the White House has it in its first phase for reopening, they require strict social distancing and sanitation protocols. As we see more and cities opening back up, gyms are getting ready to open their doors again. But is it safe?

The decision to reopen different businesses is ultimately up to the state and local government, so guidelines may vary state by state. However, it’s crucial to stay aware of the number of local case numbers. Some gyms have been given the go-ahead to reopen in states that are seeing numbers increase.

It may be challenging to keep 6 feet apart with how the equipment is set up. If you’re able to workout outside, that is ideal since you can social distance easier. A gym is a risky place since people are breathing heavily. If someone coughs outside, it’s less problematic than inside.

If you choose to use the gym, check to see what their guidelines are. If they aren’t limiting the number of guests or creating a space where you can keep a proper distance, consider looking into another gym.

When you go to the gym, try to avoid the locker room since it’s a closed space without much ventilation. It’s essential to wipe down the equipment before and after using it. Wear a mask and try to go during hours with fewer people. If you are attending a group class, make sure there is enough space for you to be at least 6 feet away from other people. Also, check to see if the room is ventilated. If the room is closed off, it will be easier to contract the virus if someone is contagious.

If you or someone you live with is immunocompromised, it is recommended that you continue your workout routine at home for the time being. Many applications and gyms are offering free classes online at the moment.