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COVID-19 reopening guidance for outdoor fitness

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The City of Boston will now allow private fitness classes on City-owned parks. These are non-precedent setting activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find Massachusetts reopening guidance for outdoor fitness classes can be found online. Fitness businesses in the City of Boston must adhere to the following safety guidelines:

  • Class size must be limited to 10 people total, including staff and instructors
  • There must be at least 20 feet in between groups
  • All individuals must be at least six feet apart and wear face coverings at all times
  • No contact activities
  • Wash and sanitize hands prior to and after each class
  • Fill out our simple Google form describing which park and location you plan to host your class or program, including contact information
  • No heavy equipment allowed
  • No large speakers; small handheld radios or speakers only
  • No roping off of areas
  • Use touchless payment (no cash) when possible
  • No shared equipment or supplies, including but not limited to weights, mats, and water
  • Businesses are responsible for documenting the names of individuals who attend each class and must maintain a record
  • Individual stations must be at a minimum of 12 feet for MDPH recommendation to allow for adequate social distancing for the activity, as well as ingress and egress
  • The layout of the class should be managed to accommodate a minimum of 12 feet distance between each individual activity station
  • Screenings should be done for both Ssaff and attendees to determine if they have COVID-19 symptoms; clear signage reminding people to stay home if they are sick should be clearly visible
  • Cleaning and disinfection of the areas must be done at the end of each session
  • Any permitted programming or events have priority of the use of the space

All business must register their classes online:

Register your class

In addition, all parks, passive spaces continue to be open for all forms of exercise (non-classes). The Boston Parks Summer fitness program is currently offering free virtual fitness classes online (8 classes each week) and we will expand to outdoor free programming later this summer as guidance allows.