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Staffing & Facilities Reopening Readiness

As over 25* states lift their COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place guidelines and you prepare to reopen your club, bringing your employees back and preparing a safe facility is critical to your club’s success. In this edition of the newsletter, we asked Rachana Jain, our Chief People + Culture Officer, to share how ABC and fitness clubs can plan for the new normal.

Her insights and advice on staffing and facilities readiness are compiled in this quick checklist. In addition, she shares 3 essential resources that can be incorporated immediately as part of your policy so every staff member can be extension of your housekeeping and be the compliance ambassador you need.



Updating your policy with explicit guidelines and instructions helps ensure a safe environment for your staff and members.

Rachana Jain.
Chief People + Culture Officer


3 Government Resources to Help You Update Your Policy

1. The Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided a guide on workplace preparedness, including practical advice on how to develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections. The guide also includes how to implement workflow controls and a method for classifying worker exposure to COVID-19:


The Occupational Risk Pyramid shows the four exposure risk levels in the shape of a pyramid to represent probable distribution of risk. Most American workers will likely fall in the Lower Exposure Risk (caution) or Medium Exposure Risk levels.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – OSHA

Read the OSHA Guide



2. The CDC provided simple guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the workplace, including recommendations on cleaning or disinfecting a hard and non-porous materials or items like glass, metal, or plastic.


Examples of frequently touched surfaces and objects that will need routine disinfection following reopening include: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks, gas pump handles, touch screens, and ATM machines.

The CDC – Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Explore the CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines


3. The CDC also provided general guidelines for community/public spaces, including how to train your staff to properly wear PPEs.  

Employers should develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks. Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.

The CDC – Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities


What else should be included in your updated policy? Share with us your thoughts!

Be sure to bookmark our COVID-19 Resource Page as it is updated weekly. 

*27 states have lifted their guidelines as of May 18th, 2020.