Here's When You Can Expect Gyms in Your State to Reopen

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The US is starting to slowly reopen businesses after many were shuttered to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, including gyms and fitness centers. Though several states remain under stay-at-home orders, some have allowed businesses to reopen under tight restrictions that require them to reduce their capacity and enforce proper social distancing. Keep reading to find out when your gym may reopen. If your state is still under lockdown or you’d rather keep your workouts indoors for now, there are plenty of options available online.

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Starting May 11, gyms in Alabama reopened with certain rules in place, including social distancing and mandatory masks for employees.


Alaska reopened gyms on May 11. Gym-goers are required to stay 10 feet apart, among other safety measures.


Arizona’s stay-at-home order expires on May 15, but pools and gyms were allowed to reopen early, on May 13, with state officials urging owners to enforce physical distancing.


Gyms and fitness facilities in Arkansas reopened on May 4, with certain safety guidelines in place. Pools, showers, and saunas remain closed.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom has not yet announced an end to the state’s stay-at-home order. Though some retailers and restaurants are allowed to provide curbside service, there’s currently no plan to reopen gyms.


Colorado’s safer-at-home order is in place through May 27. Though gyms are not able to open yet, people are allowed to do personal-training sessions, as long as they’re practicing social distancing.


The state will remain shut down through at least May 20, and gyms are not among the first businesses that will reopen when the order lifts.


The state is under a stay-at-home order until May 31, when some businesses, including gyms, may be allowed to reopen on a rolling basis.

District of Columbia

Washington DC is under a stay-at-home order until June 8, when city officials will reevaluate the threat of reopening.


Florida reopened some businesses on May 4, but gyms were not among them. The state has not yet decided when gyms will be allowed to open their doors again.


Gyms and fitness centers in Georgia are back open, though there are restrictions in place, including maintaining proper social distancing.


The state will remain under a stay-at-home order through at least May 31. However, beaches and state parks are open for outdoor recreation.


Gyms will reopen as part of the second phase of Idaho’s plan for restoring the economy, which is tentatively set to begin on May 16.


Gyms in Illinois will not be allowed to reopen until the third phase of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan, and even then, they’ll only be able to offer outdoor classes and individual training. No region of the state is expected to reach this phase until at least early June.


Though Indiana has allowed many businesses, including salons and retailers, to open at reduced capacity, gyms will remain closed until at least May 24.


Some fitness centers in Iowa were allowed to reopen in early May after the state eased restrictions in 77 counties. The remaining counties will be reassessed on May 15.


Though many businesses in the state have opened their doors again, fitness centers and gyms will remain closed until at least May 18.


Kentucky began reopening parts of the economy on May 11, but gyms won’t open until the second phase of Gov. Andy Beshear’s plan, likely sometime in June.


The state is under a stay-at-home order until May 15, when gyms are expected to reopen at 25 percent capacity.


Maine’s stay-at-home order was extended through May 31, so it will be at least June before gyms reopen.


The state is currently under a stay-at-home order with no firm plans to reopen nonessential businesses, including gyms. However, people are allowed outside to walk, hike, and more.


Nonessential businesses will remain closed until at least May 18, when state officials will reassess when businesses may start opening.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has the state under a stay-at-home order through May 28. Though people are allowed to exercise outside while maintaining proper social distancing, there is no date yet for when gyms will open again.


Minnesota is under a stay-at-home order until May 18, and there are currently no plans in place to reopen gyms.


Gyms in Mississippi were allowed to reopen on May 11, but owners have been asked to follow strict guidelines, including daily deep cleanings and rearranging the equipment to ensure there’s enough space between gym-goers.


Missouri restarted its economy on May 4, with all businesses, including gyms, being given the green light to reopen with proper social distancing. This doesn’t apply to St. Louis County.


Gov. Steve Bullock has issued guidelines that could allow gyms in Montana to reopen starting May 15. Fitness studios and gyms will be required to operate at 50 percent capacity, and indoor classes cannot be offered.


Some nonessential businesses in Nevada were allowed to reopen on May 4, but the rest, including gyms, will remain closed at least through May 31.


Nevada’s stay-at-home order has been lifted, and though some businesses have reopened at reduced capacity, gyms were not one of them. There’s no firm date yet for gyms to open their doors, though this first phase is expected to last for two to three weeks.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s modified stay-at-home order is in place until May 31. Though some businesses will reopen throughout the month at a reduced capacity, gyms will remain closed until at least June.

New Jersey

There are currently no plans to lift New Jersey’s stay-at-home order. The state is planning to keep businesses closed and people at home until it sees a marked decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

New Mexico

The state is under a stay-at-home order until May 15. Though there’s no clear timeline in place for restarting the economy, gyms are expected to be included in the first phase of reopening.

New York

New York has an extensive plan in place to begin reopening businesses by region, starting May 15. Each phase will last at least two weeks so the state can monitor any changes in the spread of COVID-19. It’s unclear exactly when gyms will be able to reopen.

North Carolina

North Carolina entered the first phase of reopening on May 8. Gyms are expected to open as part of the second phase, which is at least two to three weeks away.

North Dakota

Gyms and fitness facilities reopened at the beginning of May with restrictions in place, including limits on the kinds of classes that can be offered.


Ohio is under a stay-at-home order until May 29. Though some businesses are reopening throughout the month, no announcement has been made about gyms.


Oklahoma allowed gyms to reopen on May 1 under strict rules for social distancing and sanitation.


Under Gov. Kate Brown’s plan, some counties in Oregon may be eligible to reopen gyms as early as May 15 if they’ve met criteria to show that the healthcare system can effectively contain any new cases of COVID-19 that may emerge.


Counties are reopening in phases in the coming weeks, but gyms will be among the last businesses to welcome back customers, meaning they’ll likely be closed until at least sometime in June.

Rhode Island

The state began reopening some businesses on May 9 under certain restrictions that include social distancing. However, gyms were not included in that phase of the plan, and there’s currently no set date for them to reopen.

South Carolina

Gyms in South Carolina will be allowed to reopen on May 18, though the governor has encouraged people to take the necessary precautions.

South Dakota

South Dakota was never under a stay-at-home order, leaving business owners to decide for themselves whether they would stay open. Many gyms may still be open or will reopen soon.


Gyms in the majority of counties in Tennessee were allowed to reopen on May 1 with restrictions in place, including keeping things like locker rooms, pools, and basketball and racquetball courts closed.


Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that gyms in Texas will reopen on May 18 at a reduced capacity and with proper social distancing.


Gyms were allowed to reopen in Utah on May 1, though safety protocols must be in place.


Vermont’s stay-at-home order is in place until May 15. While things like state parks and golf courses are open, there’s no clear timeline yet for gyms.


Some businesses in Virginia are expected to reopen on May 15, but indoor gyms are not among them. There’s no clear timeline yet for when they’ll reopen.


Washington is under a stay-at-home order through the end of May. Though outdoor recreation is permitted, gyms remain closed at least until June.

West Virginia

West Virginia began reopening businesses the first week of May. Though gyms haven’t officially been given the green light, they’re expected to reopen three to six weeks into Gov. Jim Justice’s plan.


Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order expires May 26, and while some businesses have been allowed to open their doors at reduced capacity, gyms remain closed with no firm date for reopening.


Gyms reopened in Wyoming on May 1 under certain restrictions, including reduced capacity and limits on the types of services that can be offered.

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