Stricter corona rules in the gym – what athletes should be aware of

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Of: Diana Rissman, Jan Frederik Wendt


These Corona rules now apply in gyms. © Eduardo Parra / dpa

3G rule, mask requirements and Co. – What applies now in the gyms. The different corona rules in the federal states in an instant.

Germany – The so-called 3G rule has been in force in Germany since Monday (23/08/2021). It stipulates that only those who have been vaccinated, those who have become healthy and those who have been tested have access to, among other things, certain events and interiors.

The Corona summit had already decided at the beginning of August that from this date and an incidence of 35 there would be a duty to test indoors. This also applies to gyms. The Corona rules for gyms differ from state to state. Also in the case of fitness studies, it must be expected that the operators will require an appointment to master the organizational effort. Below you will find an overview of all the countries’ special characteristics.

Corona rules for fitness studies in Hesse

In Hesse, with a seven-day incidence of under 35, leisure and amateur sports are allowed in all public and private sports facilities – regardless of the number of people. With regard to the required sports-specific hygiene concepts, the State of Hesse refers to the DOSB guidelines for the resumption of club-based sports activities and the recommendation of the State Sports Association. The following corona rules apply to fitness centers in Hesse:

  • Members do not have to make prior arrangements
  • It is not mandatory to wear a medical mask during exercise
  • No negative coronate test is required
  • You should keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters

The Corona rules for gyms in Hesse are being tightened with an incidence of 35 and over. From this value, the so-called 3G rule also applies indoors. This means: Only vaccinated, genesis and tested persons may enter a gym. From an incidence of 50, the mask requirement applies.

From a seven-day incidence of 100, the corona rules in Hesse are significantly tightened. Among other things, contact restrictions in the public space will apply again. What that means for gyms has not yet been determined. Some fitness centers in Hesse are running out of air due to Corona.

Corona rules for fitness studies in Lower Saxony

In Lower Saxony, the 3G rule with the new Corona Regulation has also been in force for fitness studies since Wednesday (August 25, 2021) – if the incidence is over 50. In Lower Saxony, this incidence value marks the threshold for the first of the three new corona warning levels – yellow , orange and red. The detailed measures for the subsequent warning levels two and three have not yet been determined, but if the number of corona cases “escalates”, a reduction in contact with the unvaccinated and a 2G regulation will also be an option – it can also affect fitness studies.

Corona rules for fitness studios in Berlin

A fitness center in Berlin must also open in accordance with the hygiene regulations. Since Friday (20 August 2021), however, the 3G rule has also been applicable here – ie only access for vaccinated, healthy or tested. In addition, it must be agreed in advance. In so-called covered sports facilities, fitness and dance studios and similar facilities, a medical face mask must be worn, except during exercise. Testing is also mandatory for participating in rehabilitation sports in Berlin – you can find the exact Corona rules here.

Corona rules for fitness studies in Baden-Württemberg

Contact-free leisure and amateur sports are also generally allowed in Baden-Württemberg. In principle, the 3G rule applies – with a few exceptions: unvaccinated people do not need a corona test for rehabilitation sports, sports for official purposes and top and professional sports.

The state government uses a step-by-step model for opening gyms, saunas, swimming pools and amusement parks, which automatically takes effect five days after the stated incidence value is exceeded:

  • Incidence level 1: Incidence under 10 – no special rules for outdoor and indoor sports.
  • Incidence level 2: Occurrence between 10 and 35 – no special rules for outdoor and indoor sports.
  • Incidence level 3: Occurrence between 35 and 50 – The 3G rule comes into force, but no limit on the number of people in outdoor and indoor sports.
  • Incidence level 4: Occurrence above 50 – 3G rule, outdoors, the number of participants is limited to 25 indoors to 14.

Corona rules in Hamburg

In Hamburg, fitness centers have been allowed to reopen since June 1, 2021. There is a minimum distance of 2.50 meters between athletes and equipment as well as hygiene measures. Group sports are currently limited as follows: A maximum of 30 (outdoor) or 10 (indoor) people may train at the same time. Children under 14 do not count.

In addition, a negative coronal test is required for those who have not been vaccinated and those who have not recovered. There are exceptions for educators and other supervisors who offer daily quotes: two negative test results per week, taken on two non-consecutive working days, is sufficient.

These strict rules can also be circumvented in Hamburg because the Senate has decided on a 2G option model. Fitness operators can implement the 2G model – people who have not been vaccinated will no longer be allowed to train. The following rules apply in the 2G model:

  • Waiver of the distance requirement
  • No limit on the number of participants
  • The distance requirement between the sports equipment is no longer applicable
  • The corona test obligation in closed rooms has been abolished
  • The obligation to wear a medical mask indoors also applies

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Corona rules for fitness studies in Bavaria

Also in Bavaria, the 3G rule applies from an occurrence of over 35 – sports in enclosed spaces are then only allowed with test certificates. There is also a restriction for participants: one person is allowed per. 10 square meters of available space. There is still no test obligation for outdoor sports. In addition, operators must submit a protection, hygiene and ventilation concept and FFP2 masks are mandatory, except for direct exercise and in the shower.

Corona rules for gyms in Brandenburg

In Brandenburg, fitness studios as well as gymnastics, fitness and sports halls, dance studios and similar sports facilities have been open again since June 1, 2021. According to the Corona Ordinance in the state of Brandenburg, studio operators must submit an individual hygiene concept. This includes contact tracking, appointments, mandatory testing, minimum distance, regular ventilation. Masks are mandatory in the changing rooms. Contact sports with more than 30 people are prohibited.

Corona rules for fitness studios in Bremen

Fitness studios and public and private sports facilities have been allowed to reopen in Bremen since 31 May. However, the saunas will remain closed. Sports with up to 20 people are also allowed in enclosed spaces without adhering to the minimum distance. In the case of an occurrence of more than 35, the 3G rule also applies here.

Corona rules for fitness studios in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, sports in gyms and in clubs have again been allowed for all age groups since 1 June 2021. Since 11 June 2021, training, games and competitions in leisure, mass and competitive sports have again been possible in all sports, also with spectators.

However, the following restrictions apply: A maximum of 50 people may train together outdoors and a maximum of 30 people indoors. A mask should not be worn on devices, but it is recommended when replacing devices. In addition, athletes must book time, and there is a limit of one person per. 10 square meters.

Corona rules for fitness centers in North Rhine-Westphalia

Fitness centers in North Rhine-Westphalia must open. In addition to the general contact restrictions, the 3G rule has been in force since Friday (August 20, 2021) under the Corona Protection Regulation in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Corona rules for fitness studios in Rhineland-Palatinate

Fitness and sports studios must open in Rhineland-Palatinate. The 3G rule applies to indoor sports and a maximum of one person may be admitted per. 20 square meters or part thereof. Whereby vaccinated and recovered are counted. Since 16 June 2021, with a 7-day incidence of less than 50, a total of 20 people have been allowed to practice contact-free indoor sports, not including coaches, vaccinated and healthy people. A minimum distance of three meters applies. Groups of a maximum of 50 participants may train outdoors.

In addition, the obligation to register contacts applies and outside sports activities the mask requirement applies. Saunas must also reopen – in addition to the test obligation, the limit of a maximum of 50 percent of the possible occupancy applies. Outdoor pools and bathing lakes must also open with a limit of 50 percent of capacity.

Corona rules for fitness studios in the Saarland

The studios in Saarland are currently open. Cardio training is possible under certain conditions, and thermal baths and saunas must also reopen up to a capacity of 50 percent. The following applies to contactless sports and contact sports indoors: Since 20 August 2021, the Corona Regulation has covered the 3G rule. Exceptions are children under 6 years and students tested under the school protection concept.

The minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be observed, 5 square meters must be available per person and a hygiene concept must be presented. Spectators are also allowed again at sporting events in accordance with the relevant rules of the Saarland Corona Regulation.

Corona rules for fitness studies in Saxony

The fitness centers are open. For non-contact indoor sports, the 3G rule applies from an incidence of more than 35. Below, there is no test obligation, but the general contact restrictions still apply. Opening of wellness centers, thermal baths, steam baths and saunas is also allowed with a 7-day incidence of less than 35.

Corona rules for fitness studios in Saxony-Anhalt

In Saxony-Anhalt, fitness centers must also reopen, as the number of people allowed is limited to one person per person. 20 square meters or part thereof, but not more than 500 persons. The 3G rule also applies here.

If the distance rules are complied with, courses are also possible, especially in fitness and sports studios, dance and ballet schools as well as yoga and other preventive courses with a maximum of ten people plus a trainer. Rehabilitation sports are also possible. A minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained for the next person.

Corona rules for fitness studies in Schleswig-Holstein

Indoor and outdoor sports have been possible in Schleswig-Holstein since the end of July 2021, all sports facilities are open – including fitness centers. The 3G rule applies, the obligation to collect contact data and there must be a hygiene concept.

Corona rules for fitness studies in Thuringia

Since June 1, 2021, fitness centers, including showers and changing rooms, have been allowed to reopen. If the incidence is below 50, saunas can also be operated. From an instance of over 35, the 3G rule applies. There is no obligation to wear a mask, and there is currently no limit on the number of people – however, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be observed. (Jan Wendt and Diana Rissmann)

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