10/21: CA moves “climbing walls” out of Family Entertainment

The work of the CICC has had a tangible affect for gyms affected by their county and city's interpretation of the State Guidelines for Reopening.

Just one week after opening conversations with the Director of Go Biz and a Senior Advisor to Newsom, new guidelines were issued on 10/20 moving "climbing walls" out of "Family Entertainment" and into Fitness/Gym guidance.

We still have a long way to go - we're looking at 25% capacity in Purple, not closure, but we're so glad that the policy makers of California are doing what they can on such short notice to give our indoor climbing centers a chance.

This directly affects members' gyms in San Francisco, where they were relying on the state guidelines to update their own. We are hoping that this also allows other communities, namely Santa Barbara and Alameda County, to give their indoor climbing centers the same chance to survive the pandemic that other jurisdictions have.

For updated guidelines, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#fitness-guidance

TL;DR:

Tier status:

Widespread (purple): 

  • Outdoor only with modifications
  • Saunas and steam rooms must close

Substantial (red): 

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 10%
  • Climbing walls can open

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Climbing walls can open
  • Indoor pools can open

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 50%
  • Climbing walls can open
  • Indoor pools can open
  • Saunas, spas, and steam rooms can open