According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing are defined differently:
CLEANING removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
DISINFECTING kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
SANITIZING lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
In order to comply with the state and federal sanitation guidelines we have chosen to modify the schedule. All activities enjoyed at Green Mountain Community Fitness require prior registration for participation. The schedule for each activity is designed around providing enough time for proper sanitization as well as adequate member social distancing during and between visits.
- Facility must use CDC approved chemicals effective against COVID-19
- All equipment must be cleaned by staff or instructor prior to the next class, and before and after each use of individual training sessions.
- All equipment in the club will be cleaned on the hour by designated staff
- Deep cleaning of all equipment by cleaning crew daily
- Clear signage at all hand washing/hand sanitizing stations indicating proper CDC protocol
- Sanitization wipe stations and sanitization product bottles must be properly labeled and in easy to use locations for efficient disinfecting approved chemicals effective against COVID-19.
- All members must clean equipment before and after every use with facility provided, easily accessible, approved chemicals.
- Signage posting exterior/interior of facility stating protocol requirements for entering and exiting (i.e. no illness, must use hand sanitizer, face coverings, etc.)
- Reservation reminders, email/newsletter updates, social media postings and printed handouts must be provided to guests/clients regarding guidelines and protocols for facility entry, usage and class participation
The following are the procedures that are followed by various members of our GMCF Staff. Each staff team has a designated area of activity that they are responsible for based on the location of where they work.
CLEANING (Steps 1 – 5) will be performed by GMCF Staff every hour in Pool, Weight Rooms and Common Areas (Lobby and Locker Rooms when use is permitted).
SANITIZING (Steps 1 – 10) will be performed by GMCF Staff at the end of every shift (AM/PM) in Pool, Weight Rooms, Common Areas and Classrooms (after every Group Class)
*Members will be expected to clean equipment before and after every use with a cleaning solution provided by GMCF.
- Put on general purpose disposable gloves to be worn throughout the cleaning process.
- Get your general use cleaning solution ready. Use a cleaner that will work on multiple surfaces.
- Apply cleaner to surfaces by spraying directly onto what you are cleaning, or spraying cleaner onto a microfiber cloth first. Start your cleaning by wiping down all high touch point areas, paying special attention to doors and door handles, faucets, fixtures, countertops, tables, and chairs.
- Using the general purpose cleaner, spray and wipe all weights, bars, and machines, and equipment in the vicinity. Clean all equipment thoroughly. It is not enough to wipe down the top surface of a bench, for example. You should clean the sides, underneath, and along the legs. Be as thorough as possible. Don’t just clean the outside of lockers, but take time to clean the shelves, the inside of the door, and the backs of the cubbies. Remember that all equipment must be cleaned, including bands, yoga mats, foam rollers, and exercise balls. Porous equipment like resistance bands can be difficult to clean because the materials are prone to deterioration. You can clean such items in warm, soapy water (using a mild dish soap) and allow them to air dry.
- Remove all trash from trash cans and receptacles and wipe down those surfaces.
- Using a broad spectrum disinfectant, follow label instructions to properly disinfect and sanitize the now-clean equipment. Our favorite disinfecting/sanitizing products are Antibacterial Gym Wipes and Commercial Disinfectant Concentrate. You will want to use spray bottles and microfiber cleaning cloths for this step. Disinfect all surfaces that you have already cleaned using the general purpose cleaner.
- Remember that to properly disinfect the area, you will need to move equipment out of the way to wipe down and deep clean the weight room floors where sweat and other dirt collects. If the flooring is a hard surface like tile, you should use a dry mop to remove dirt before damp mopping with a disinfecting cleaner. Fill a mop bucket with the proper dilution of commercial disinfectant concentrate, wet and wring the wet mop leaving enough solution to thoroughly wet the floor. Starting at away from the doorway, begin mopping in a 10 ft by 10 ft area as you work your way toward the doorway. Allow to air dry. If the floor is heavily soiled, repeating if needed. If the flooring is a soft surface, like a mat or rubber flooring, use a broom or vacuum to get rid of dust and dirt. For mats, use a concentrated surface disinfectant to disinfect the surface. For rubber flooring, wet mop the floor using a solution of rubber flooring cleaner for gyms and allow the solution to soak through for around five to seven minutes before mopping up the excess water or using a wet-vac.
- If there are any linens, you will want to launder them with a detergent of your choice at the warmest water temperature and dry them completely.
- Clean windows and glass doors using a non-streaking glass cleaner and then again with a disinfecting multi-purpose cleaner to fully sanitize the glass. Spray down all weight room mirrors with a non-streaking glass cleaner and clean with a microfiber cleaning cloth or towel. Finish this step by repeating your last process, but this time using a disinfecting all-purpose spray. You should always save cleaning the mirrors for last, to avoid dirtying the glass while mopping or scrubbing down equipment.
- Carefully remove your gloves as soon as you are finished and toss them in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds in warm water. You should do this every time you finish cleaning and disinfecting an area.
DO YOUR PART
As regular practice, when in the presence of members and staff, we all have a responsibility to observe the GMCF 4 Point Checklist:
- 6 FT: Maintain six feet distance between you and others.
- MASK: When you are entering and moving about the facility you are required to wear a mask. Face coverings must remain on your person at all times.
- HANDS: Washing your hands or sanitizing should happen upon entry to the facility and frequently through your visit.
- SURFACES: Highly touched surfaces should be disinfected on a regular basis; equipment especially in between uses.
- Educate staff to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and provide instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus.
- Ensure staff is trained on proper PPE use and disposal, hazards of cleaning with chemicals, and the bloodborne pathogens standard.
- Establish that staff is equipped to administer Hands-Only CPR should a cardiac emergency arise.
PROTOCOL SHOULD SOMEONE REPORT SICKNESS
- Close off areas used by the person who is sick..
- Companies do not need to close operations, if they can close off affected areas.
- Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, equipment.
- Vacuum the space if needed. Use a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available.
- Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night. Consider temporarily turning off room fans and the central HVAC system that services the room or space.
- Once an area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.
- Employees without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
- If more than 7 days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
- Continue routine cleaning and disinfection. This includes everyday practices that businesses and communities normally use to maintain a healthy environment.