Tennessee gyms allowed to reopen at 50% capacity beginning May 1

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced April 28 that exercise facilities in most counties across the state will be allowed to reopen later this week.

Beginning May 1, exercise studios and gyms can operate at 50% capacity and under guidelines laid out in the Tennessee Pledges, Lee's plan for reopening the state's economy.

The announcement does not apply to Davidson County, which will issue its own reopening guidelines.

"We believe it's important for the mental and physical health of Tennesseans to have access to fitness environments," Lee said in a social media post.

Under the guidelines in the Tennessee Pledge, gyms must screen all employees for symptoms of COVID-19 and regularly clean high-touch surfaces. The use of masks for employees is encouraged and community facilities such as locker rooms and showers are to remain closed until further notice.

Social distancing will continue to be encouraged and customer limits should be determined using the establishment's capacity as determined by local fire codes.

Read the full guidelines for exercise facilities here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.