Fitness Centers on Track for June 20th – Phase 2 Opening Preparations/(COVID-19 Updates)

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths* reported to either the OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.

*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 43,239 +     148
COVID-19 Associated Deaths   4,007 +       18
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19      373       33
Patients Tested for COVID-19 279,457 +  5,061

Charts represent the date the data were reported to the CT DPH.  Cases and deaths are cumulative over time.  Hospitalization data are collected by CT Hospital Association

Source: Department of Public Health

                                                                                                               Total Reported

                                                                                                               To Date      Change from             Probable 

                                                                                                                                  Yesterday                   Cases

Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State         277                +  1                              16

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             62                    0                               1

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID-19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analyses of those cases, can be found by following this link:


Fitness Centers on Track for June 20th – Phase 2 Opening Preparations

The State of Connecticut is in the process of drafting sector guidelines for establishments that will be permitted to begin opening on June 20th.  Gyms, Fitness Centers, & Sport Clubs are one of the business categories on track to resume operations in this next phase, provided they are prepared to take the precautions necessary.  It is important to note that while the rules provide a way for these places to operate in as safe a manner as possible, the risks to employees and customers cannot be completely mitigated.

The WWHD will post a link to the sector guidelines as soon as they are released by the State of Connecticut. Guidelines are scheduled to be released this weekend. In the meantime, we’ve noted a few recommendations below so that establishments can begin to prepare.  This is not a comprehensive or final list:

  • Complete the self-certification on the Department of Economic & Community Development website to receive the Reopen CT badge
  • Capacity limit of 50%
  • Strict cleaning and disinfection protocol will be necessary
  • Personal Protection Equipment for employees: All employees will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering, unless doing so would be contrary to his/her health or safety due to medical condition. Class instructors do not need to wear a mask if they are partaking in physical activity as long as a six-foot distance is maintained.
  • Employee log and staggering shifts and break times to minimize contact; daily health checks for employees
  • Hand sanitizer available at all entrance points and common areas where possible
  • Adjust equipment layout to maintain at least six feet of distance between equipment.
  • Signage that reinforces new policies
  • Closed common areas, break rooms, etc. where employees and patrons may congregate
  • Dumbbells/free weights: Establish and mark “workout zones”; have disinfectant products/wipes available near equipment, machinery, free weights, etc. so that customers can also wipe items down.
  • Ventilation: Increase ventilation and the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system if possible.
  • Participation in group classes must be scheduled in advance of arriving; no shared equipment during classes.
  • Customers are required to bring/wear masks or face coverings unless doing so would be contrary to their health or safety due to a medical condition. They do not need to wear one when engaged in physical activity but should as they enter/exit facility and use the restroom.
  • Aquatic exercise classes are permitted at 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing. No sharing of equipment and customers must bring own towels.
  • Locker Rooms: Mark or disable every other or every third locker for non-use to enforce six-foot social distancing requirement. Remove casual seating other than benches by lockers as necessary. Disable steam rooms and saunas. Disable or close off communal style showers except for rinsing before or after any pool activity. Independent showers must be attended and sanitized between each use.
  • Water Fountains: Clients should bring their own water bottles. Fountains should be restricted to water bottle filling stations only.