Inslee Releases Phase 2 Guidance For Gyms, Real Estate

WASHINGTON — Tuesday Gov. Inslee released new safety regulations for gyms and real estate sales as both industries prepare to get back to work under Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan to reopen Washington’s economy.

Under the Safe Start plan, all businesses are expected to follow a broad set of safety rules, like having employees wear cloth masks and giving them any other necessary protective equipment and enough space for safe social distancing, but there are also regulations tailored to each individual industry’s needs.

For gyms, regulations released Tuesday are applicable for all fitness facilities with weight and resistance training, gymnastics facilities, martial arts, yoga, and any other fitness classes. Real estate guidance includes rules for house sales, appraisals, inspections and more.

Here are some key regulations for fitness activities:

  • Classes must be limited to five students and one teacher.
  • The total number of people inside a facility must be limited to 30 percent of the building’s normal capacity.
  • Showers, pools, basketball courts, hot-tubs, saunas and tanning beds are not allowed to reopen yet. Locker rooms can be used for hand washing and restrooms, but are otherwise discouraged.
  • High risk patients are still not allowed, including people over the age of 65 or those with underlying medical conditions like asthma.
  • Gym-goers will need to take brief safety lesson before each personal training session, and will have to sign a waiver agreeing to follow the facility’s safety policies.
  • Signs must be posted outside banning customers with COVID-19 symptoms. Gyms can also choose to set up temperature screenings for clients.
  • Training equipment must be spaced to allow for social distancing.
  • Tissues and trash cans must be placed throughout the facility. Facilities cannot provide towels during Phase 2.
  • Clients must bring their own water bottles, and water fountains can only be used to refill those bottles.
  • Clients must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering. Trainers must do so before and after each session.
  • Equipment must be sanitized after each use.

Read the full regulation for fitness and training facilities here.

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Here are some key regulations for real estate sales:

  • In-person meetings with customers are banned except for the customer to view the property or sign important documents.
  • Open houses are banned.
  • House viewings, inspections, appraisals and final walkthroughs should only be done by appointment. These activities must be limited to three people or fewer, including the realtor.
  • All other activities must be done remotely.
  • In real estate offices, limit guests to 50 percent of the normal building occupancy.
  • Arrange furniture to encourage social distancing.

Read the full regulation for real estate firms here.

Ten Washington counties have been approved to enter phase two early. Tuesday Gov. Inslee changed restrictions, allowing 10 more counties to apply to enter Phase 2.

The rest of the state is expected to enter Phase 2 by June 1. Phase 2 will also bring back restaurants, bars, retailers and manufacturers.

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