While virtual education continues to be the safest and preferred option for patient and community classes, Intermountain is providing guidance to reopen in-person group education where virtual isn’t possible. Types of education include preoperative instruction, childbirth education, hospital-based education for community members, and Office of Health Promotion and Wellness education (e.g. dietician visits, executive health exams, functional fitness assessments, and exercise physiology consults). Learn more about LiVe Well Centers.

Whether outdoors or indoors, all participants, facilitators, faculty, and staff must:

  • Limit meeting and class sizes to 10 healthy persons, including the instructor(s).
  • Be screened with questions and temperature checked if performed at the facility/campus
  • 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
  • Wash hands prior to entering the space, between touching participants and others’ tools and materials, and after completing the activity and leaving the space
  • Sign a sign-in-sheet for any potential health department contact tracing needs
  • Maintain social distancing and 6-feet 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 mask/face covering wearing; exit the room for continued coughing or sneezing and do not remove mask/face covering
  • Bring their own water bottle and not share with others or use water fountains
  • Do not socialize after the class or congregate
  • Wipe down desks, chairs, or any tools used in the activity before participant arrival with disinfectant wipes
  • Ensure entrances have sufficient space for participants to safely enter without crowding
  • Wipe down the space and used items after the activity
  • Direct participants to get their belongings and leave the building after class has ended

As a reminder, caregiver fitness facilities, exercise classes, and in-person activities where vigorous exercise can lead to an aerosol-generating activity are still ON HOLD and won’t reopen or continue until Intermountain and the state are in green status. 

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 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub.