Story by: Norton Healthcare on July 31, 2020
Working from home, staying safe at home or just not moving much? If you’re ready to start or resume a fitness routine, there are plenty of new considerations such as whether you need to wear a mask at the gym and what precautions the fitness center has adopted to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Kentucky recently revised its requirements for fitness centers with direction for masks, cleaning and social distancing.
Kentucky requires wearing a mask at the gym when not exercising. Otherwise, as long as there is at least 6 feet between individuals and the facility and equipment are cleaned as required, a mask is not required while exercising.
“If you’re practicing social distancing, the mask may not be necessary while actively working out,” said Paul S. Schulz, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist and chief of Norton Infectious Diseases Institute.
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Before returning to a fitness center, you may want to contact the center with some questions first.
“You should ask, ‘What is the plan? How do you clean the equipment? How do you keep the people socially distanced?’ and that sort of thing,” Dr. Schulz said.
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