As COVID-19 case counts continue to decline and vaccinations rise, we recognize the need to resume in-person classes and events that are important for prevention, health and wellness, and disease management.
In order for us to safely resume in-person classes and events we must adhere to the same safety guidelines that we have implemented in our facilities throughout the pandemic. These include masking, hand hygiene, social distancing, and staying home when you’re sick but don’t need medical care.
Where possible, we will continue to offer hybrid-model classes with both in-person and virtual options. Intermountain will continue to monitor and adjust so we can provide the safest experience possible for our patients, visitors, and caregivers.
EFFECTIVE MAY 17, 2021
For all in-person Intermountain patient and community classes and events, all participants, facilitators, instructors, and staff must:
- Limit class sizes to 25 healthy persons, including the instructor(s)
- Limit class duration to two hours
- Stay away and not attend in person if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if they are currently experiencing any symptoms or illness
- Be screened upon entry of facility with questions to assess risk of COVID-19
- Sign a sign-in-sheet for any potential health department contact tracing needs
- Ensure entrances have sufficient space for participants to safely enter without crowding
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands prior to entering the space, between touching participants and others’ tools and materials, and after completing the activity and leaving the space. Hand sanitizer must be provided for participants.
- Maintain social distancing (6-foot spacing between individuals) at all times during the class
- Wear a mask or cloth facing covering and keep the mask on throughout the class; if an individual feels short of breath wearing the mask, they must be escorted out of the space while the mask is kept on until outdoors
- Cover any sneeze or cough with their elbow along with continued masking; exit the room for continued coughing or sneezing and do not remove mask
- Bring their own water bottle and not share with others or use water fountains. Food should not be shared, and any drinking or eating should be done at a 6-foot distance from others, outside, and with a quick return to masking
- Wipe down desks, chairs, machines, or any tools used before and after the activity
- Not group together to socialize after the class is over
- Direct participants to gather their belongings and leave the facility after class has ended
Exercise and sports performance classes
This guidance applies to exercise and sports performance classes, and in-person activities where vigorous exercise can lead to aerosol-generation (droplets sprayed into the air from exertion). Participants will be required to wear a mask at all times, socially distance at least 10 feet from other participants, and class sizes and facility capacity will be limited and strictly controlled.
Stay up to date
For additional information and ongoing updates on COVID-19 at Intermountain Healthcare, visit https://intermountainhealthcare.org/covid19-coronavirus/. Please refer to local and state health departments and the CDC’s COVID-19 hub.