TIPS FOR CLIMBING RESPONSIBLY IN YOUR GYM

AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION IS

THE GREATEST RISK

THE PROBLEM

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can spread through the air.

HOW YOUR GYM HELPS

Climbing gyms have large spaces with tall ceilings and above average ventilation. Plus, 91% of gyms require masks.*

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Wear your mask! 92% of climbing gym visitors comply with mask requirements.* Make sure you're one of them.

Distance helps clear the air

THE PROBLEM

Staying too close for too long increases the risk of transmission.

HOW YOUR GYM HELPS

Climbing gyms have reduced their capacity (many even lower than government guidelines) and altered their facilities to make social distancing easier.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Just as you would in any public place, maintain at least 6 feet or 2 meters of distance between yourself and others.

Hygiene is still important

THE PROBLEM

Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads, according to the CDC. But we should still be careful.

HOW YOUR GYM HELPS

Gyms have increased cleaning frequency, added sanitizing stations, and carefully evaluated the types of cleaners and methods they use.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Use hand sanitizing stations and wash your hands before, during, and after your climbing sessions. Personal hygiene is one of the best defenses against any disease transmission.

we're in this together

THE PROBLEM

People have different levels of risk tolerance. But sometimes what is comfortable for one person is not comfortable for another. One person can influence an entire community.

HOW YOUR GYM HELPS

In addition to developing strong policies and community guidelines, gyms have trained their staff to enforce and model their new rules. Gyms want all of their customers to feel comfortable and welcome.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

 Support your community by being courteous to others and paying attention to how you make others feel. Let the gym staff know if you see something concerning.

ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT THE GYMS ACT

On February 5, 2021, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) filed the Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMS) Act (H.R. 890) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting climbing facilities and other health or fitness facilities around the country.


The GYMS Act will create a $30 billion fund to provide grants to impacted businesses included in the law. Climbing facilities would be eligible for grants up to the lesser of 45% of the facility’s 2019 revenue or $20 million. Severely impacted businesses who have revenues of less than 33% compared to 2019 would be eligible for an additional grant of up to 25% of their initial grant. All grants are capped at $25 million.


The grant would cover expenses such as:

  • Payroll costs
  • Rent or mortgage payments, including interest
  • utilities
  • Facility improvement costs required by law or guidelines 
  • Payments required for insurance on any insurance policy
  • Taxes
GET IN TOUCH AND

SUPPORT YOUR GYM

Contact your local gym to learn more. Renew your membership, buy your next pair of shoes from their pro shop, or get a punch pass today so you're ready to climb when you feel comfortable returning to the gym. 

Photos by Becca Manners

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