ONEIDA COUNTY, NY (WUTR-TV) — County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the Health Department is seeking information from all county gyms and fitness-related businesses in order to assist in their reopening under the guidelines set forth by New York State.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that gyms and fitness centers can begin reopening on Monday August 24th, 2020, if they meet the criteria mandated by the state, which includes a detailed safety plan and inspection by the county health department.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says he hopes gyms and fitness-related businesses know to reach out to get inspected. “The difference is with gyms, we don’t permit them normally… it’s not a normal process of the health department. Unless there’s a gym that serves food… we permit their food supply, in that regard. That’s why we need to call out to them to contact us so we can work with them and get them open as soon as possible and make sure their in compliance and help them and any way that we can,” says Picente.
The Oneida County Health Department is in the process of amassing a database of all gyms and fitness centers in the area — including those in higher education facilities and hotels —and is seeking information from business owners so that it can verify their safety plans are in place and inspect the premises.
Prior to reopening, gym and fitness business owners must:
- Review the summary of New York State guidelines for gyms and fitness centers at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Gyms_and_Fitness_Centers_Summary_Guidelines.pdf.
- Read and affirm the detailed New York guidelines at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Gyms_and_Fitness_Centers_Detailed_Guidelines.pdf
- Have a business plan in place. A template provided by New York State is available here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPlanTemplate.pdf
- Email the Oneida County Health Department at email@example.com and send the following information:
- Business name
- Specific business type
- Business location address
- Owner’s name (and appropriate contact person), phone number and email address
Once all of those steps are completed, the county Health Department will perform an inspection prior to the September 2th, 2020 deadline set by New York State.