AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas has ended its statewide executive order that mandates people wear face masks. Now it is up to each individual business whether to still enforce a mask requirement. Unlike shopping or visiting a retail store, going to gyms to work out presents different challenges for people wearing masks.
Some gyms already plan to get rid of the mask requirement as soon as they can, our Jala Washington found.
Many others though say they will continue to keep the mask mandate for now. This list has been updated as of Wednesday, March 10. Please let us know though if your gym changes its policies or you’d like us to add a gym. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gyms that will keep masks mandatory
Austin Bouldering Project
Austin Bouldering Project plans to keep its mask mandate in place saying, “We are ecstatic that vaccines exist and are being rolled out. But we’re not out of the woods yet. So although Governor Abbott has lifted the statewide mask mandate in Texas, we believe it is our responsibility to create the safest possible environment and experience at ABP, and we will maintain our policy that masks are strictly required at all times in our spaces.”
Castle Hill Fitness
Castle Hill Fitness says it still plans to require that customers wear masks even after the mask mandate ends.
Crux Climbing Center
Crux Climbing Center said on Facebook that it plans to keep its mask policy in place: “Even with the recent statewide mandate lifted we will still require masks at all times in our facilities until we, as a company, feel it is safe.”
Hyde Park Gym
A representative at Hyde Park Gym said they still plan to require masks on Wednesday when the mask mandate ends.
Orangetheory Fitness emailed clients on March 9 saying it will continue to enforce a mask mandate and limit occupancy through the end of the month. It will then reassess the situation and email out another update on April 1. Orangetheory will also require a symptom check and that members use hand sanitized as they walk through the door. It could also make future mask changes to studios on a county-by-county basis.
Planet Fitness will have guidelines that are different on a county-by-county basis. As of Wednesday, the locations in Travis County require masks at all times, and the gyms in Williamson County require masks when “actively working out.” Planet Fitness updates each stores’ guidelines on its website, so check there for the very latest.
YMCA of Austin
The YMCA says it will continue to enforce a mandatory mask policy. It said in a Facebook post it will continue to “follow recommendations from CDC and local public health authorities.” These policies apply to all YMCA of Austin facilities in Travis and Hays counties.
Gyms that will make masks optional for customers
Equinox says masks are recommended but not required for members.
Gold’s Gym emailed all of its customers Thursday saying that it plans to return to 100% occupancy on Wednesday and will not make anyone wear masks. It still strongly encourages people to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The only notable exception will be at one Gold’s Gym in San Antonio located at the San Antonio Medical Center.
Gold’s Gym will also reopen basketball courts, racquetball courts, some saunas, and some hot tubs.
All Kid’s Clubs and most pools will remain closed.
LA Fitness says masks are optional for its members.
Life Time will not require masks for customers and all amenities will be available including access to all cardio and strength machines on March 10, according to an email the gym sent to members.
Life Time employees will continue wearing masks at all times.
In-person group fitness, cycle, yoga and small group training classes all require advance registration. Life Time says it will set up and clean up for members after those classes.
24 Hour Fitness
24 Hour Fitness will create different zones within its fitness gyms, zones where masks are required and zones where masks are optional. It’s calling these mask-only spots “club within club” zones that will feature cardio and strength equipment.