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Are arcades, arts and crafts studios, batting cages, dance studios, mini golf, music lessons, shooting ranges, and other art and recreational facilities open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

Last Updated: 07/22/2020

All recreational businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor. Indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity. These businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Arcades
  • Archery ranges
  • Arts and crafts studios (e.g., painting, ceramics)
  • Batting cages
  • Bowling alleys
  • Dance studios
  • Golf courses
  • Golf driving ranges
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts studios
  • Mini golf
  • Music lessons
  • Shooting ranges
  • Tennis clubs and indoor tennis
  • Theater programs
  • Yoga studios

Recreational businesses that open indoor and outdoor spaces must follow the mitigation requirements detailed in sections 7 of page 13 of Executive Order No. 157, Executive Order No. 158, and the Health Department's Guidance for Sports, which are summarized below.

Recreational activities may not occur indoors at licensed health clubs, including gyms and fitness centers, with the exception of individual indoor instruction by appointment only. If multiple individual lessons are occuring at the same time in a licensed health club, they must take place in separate rooms or be separated by a floor-to-ceiling barrier that complies with all fire code if they take place in the same room. For more information, refer to sections 8 and 10 on page 17 of Executive Order No. 157.

NOTE: Arcades must adhere to additional safety requirements as outlined in the Department of Health's Executive Directive 20-023 including screening all guests, visitors, and employees for illness upon entry. Refer to the Executive Directive for a full list of required safety measures.

What To Expect

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in EO 157, EO 158, and DOH's Guidance for Sports. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 157, EO 158, and DOH's Guidance for Sports, and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Businesses must institute the following policies for indoor and outdoor spaces:

  • Limit total capacity of any outdoor area to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart.
  • Limit the number of patrons in any indoor premises to 25 percent capacity – excluding employees.
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while indoors and in outdoor areas when social distancing is difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health.
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises.
  • Indoor recreational facilities, such as martial arts studios, may conduct non-contact classes so long as everyone is masked and keeping social distances. There cannot be any contact drills or sparring while indoors.
  • Prohibiting the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in indoor areas. Exceptions are allowed for individuals engaging in conduct necessary for their health or safety, such as briefly removing their mask to drink water. In addition, employees may consume food and beverages in areas not open to the public, such as an employee break room.
  • Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity.
  • Limit the use of equipment rented or otherwise provided by the business to one person at a time.
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers
  • Require reservations, cancellations and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions.

Guidance For Employees

Recreational businesses must impose the following requirements on employees:

  • Require employees with symptoms of COVID-19 be sent home
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health
  • Require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods
  • Provide all employees with face coverings and gloves free of charge
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to staff

Source: Executive Order No. 153; Executive Order No. 156; Executive Order No. 157; Executive Order No. 158; Executive Directive 20-023; DOH Guidance for Sports