On Tuesday we learned that, at the State and County level, all gyms are to remain closed. Personal training is permitted in a closed gym; however, it is limited to 3 or fewer people and one trainer. Small group classes of less than ten people, inside and outside, are prohibited. This is a State and County mandate.
Given the regulations and CrossFit Roots’ layout as a 10,000 square foot 1-room facility, we can have just 3 people in the space at any given time. We believe this is simply an oversight. Fitness and recreation businesses come in all shapes and sizes and a one size fits all approach will keep Roots and other small fitness businesses from implementing a responsible and common-sense plan to reopen safely.
I have submitted a letter to various elected officials. We would be so grateful if you’d like to voice your concerns and show your support.
Here’s What You Can Do
- Submit a form to the State of Colorado COVID-19 Related Issues
- Email or Call Governor Polis’ office
- Call or email the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners
- Email or call Senator Steve Fenberg in the State Senate
- Contact Representative KC Becker
Here’s a Sample Letter to Get You Started
I am a member of CrossFit Roots in Boulder, Colorado – a small business and athletic training center founded in 2009 that serves 400 members and employs 11 individuals, in a 10,000 square foot 1-room facility.
As a member of the gym and a constituent, I ask that the State of Colorado expand the reopening guidelines and allowances for small athletic training centers. Specifically:
- I ask that the State provide guidelines on reopening based on square footage and the resulting social distancing that can be maintained.
- In addition, I ask that the State also allow small group training classes (10 persons or fewer) to operate within the facility, provided it meets the necessary square footage and social distancing requirements.
CrossFit Roots prepared a plan that allowed for social distancing and met all of the requirements as laid out by the State in the Personal Services category; social distancing, temperature checks, health screens, handwashing and hand sanitizer, signage, masks, no shared equipment, and more than 10 feet of separation at all times. This plan is on hold while much of the State is allowed to go back to business (offices, camps, restaurants), some with far riskier behaviors. Meanwhile, the current regulation for gyms allows CrossFit Roots to have just four persons at any given time in a 10,000 square foot room. It is crippling.
Fitness and recreation businesses come in all shapes and sizes and a one size fits all approach will keep my gym and other small fitness businesses from implementing a responsible and common-sense plan to reopen safely.
Thank you for your consideration,