The COVID-19 pandemic has been an on-going challenge for the CrossFit industry. While it seemed things were looking up, cases have spiked in some states, requiring closures again.
One of those states is California. On July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom announced 30 counties are now required to stop indoor gym operations, and one Box being affected by this order is First City CrossFit in Monterey, California.
Starting July 14, the Box changed their schedule and moved all classes outdoors. First City CrossFit set up a temporary yard in their parking lot with mats and weights, all set six feet apart from one another.
Another gym taking their operations outdoors is Polarize CrossFit in Oceanside, California. Starting July 15, the Box transitioned outdoors. Members were reminded via Facebook to wear masks when not working out, they have to have their temperature taken when checking in, they must reserve a spot ahead of time via WODTogether, and to hydrate and wear sunscreen.
While stopping indoor operations can be disappointing, the Box is trying to look at it from a positive perspective, using this time to make improvements and revamp the inside of the gym.
Whether or not outdoor workouts are now required in your state or you want to prepare your Box in case a mandate may come up, below are three things to keep in mind when hosting outdoor workouts according to ClassPass: