More California Clubs Can Reopen Indoors at Limited Capacity

California, which has had the most restrictive measures in place for health clubs and studios during the COVID-19 pandemic, has moved more counties into the red tier, which allows indoor areas of fitness facilities to reopen at 10 percent capacity with masked required.

Much of California had been operating in the most restrictive purple tier, which only allowed for outdoor fitness, but starting March 15, 13 counties (including Los Angeles County) moved into the red tier, which allows gym operators to open indoors at the limited capacity. On March 16, more counties are expected to also move to the red tier.  

Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed. Indoor pools also must remain closed except for drowning prevention classes.

The move to the red tier occurred because the state has reached 2 million vaccine doses applied. Which businesses can reopen is up to each county.

Once the state applies 4 million doses in high-risk areas, more counties will move from the red tier to the orange tier, which would allow gyms to reopen indoors at 25 percent capacity and allows indoor pools to reopen without restriction.