Tulsa gyms adjust to city’s mask mandate

Tulsa gyms adjust to mask mandate

TULSA, Okla. — Several Tulsa gyms are requiring people to wear masks in their facilities, and strongly encouraging them to also wear them while working out.

The citywide mandate signed by Mayor G.T. Bynum on Thursday requires masks to be worn in most public settings, with few exceptions.

Here’s one of the listed exceptions that apply to working out:

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“Those who are exercising in communal outdoor spaces or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as physical distancing is maintained - persons congregating in communal outdoor spaces with other persons not in their same household are required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not maintained.”
City of Tulsa

Therefore, gyms have been setting their own standards for the inside of their facilities.

Orange Theory says clients must wear a mask to enter, exit, and transition between equipment.

The gym strongly recommends clients wear masks while working out, but say people can take it off if they have a health issue or are struggling to breathe. They are adjusting their workouts to accommodate for masks.

July 17, 2020 - Masks are required at the Orange Theory location in Tulsa.
July 17, 2020 - Masks are required at the Orange Theory location in Tulsa. (FOX23)

Sky Fitness in Tulsa is requiring masks for entry and exit and in common areas, such as lobbies, the cafe and locker rooms --however you’re strongly encouraged to wear a mask during workouts.

The YMCA of Greater Tulsa said in part, “Members over the age of 18 are required to wear a mask upon entering Y facilities and throughout all common areas... in group exercise studios and on cardio equipment, these are areas where masks are strongly recommended.”

Call your local gym or see if they posted anything on Facebook to learn how they’re responding to the mask mandate.