Gyms Can Reopen in New Jersey September 1

24 Hour Fitness closed when the chain cut back its business under the restrictions placed on gyms amid the pandemic

MORRIS COUNTY — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says gyms can reopen September 1 at 25 percent capacity. Masks will be required, among other COVID precautions.

Murphy is expected to detail more on New Jersey gym protocol at his scheduled COVID briefing later Wednesday. According to, the protocol will include:

  • Size restrictions for indoor classes to one person for every 200 square feet of space in the room; equipment must also be kept at least 6 feet apart
  • Mandatory facial coverings at all times
  • Gym goers must sign forms upon entry that they will adhere to safety guidelines
  • Gyms have to keep a log of clients and workers, including names and phone numbers, to assist contact tracers in the event of an outbreak

Gyms and indoor dining had been perhaps the two last and largest components of New Jersey’s economy that remained shut. Gyms were allowed to hold workouts outdoors and could hold one-on-one appointments with clients.