For the first time since November 2020, fitness centers and other facilities offering indoor activities were able to open on Friday in countries where there is an extreme risk of the spread of COVID-19.

This includes facilities in Marion, Polk, and Lane counties.

The state published detailed rules for opening in these counties on Friday. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s in the new rules?

Indoor recreational and fitness facilities include gyms, indoor K-12 sports, indoor college sports, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, and indoor pools.

Indoor entertainment facilities include aquariums; Indoor theaters, arenas and concert halls; Indoor gardens; Indoor museums and other indoor entertainment activities.

How many people are allowed in?

Facilities 500 square feet or larger can have up to six customers, with no employees. Multi-room facilities can have six customers per room, up to a total of 24.

This number was chosen because it complies with indoor collection guidelines, state health officials said at a news conference on Friday.

Facilities smaller than 500 square meters can have a customer and an employee.

Are there any other rules?

In leisure and fitness facilities, customers are limited to 45 minutes. People from different households must be kept at least 25 feet apart. Eating and drinking is prohibited except for individual water bottles.

Indoor entertainment facilities require that people from different households be kept a minimum of six feet apart. Eating and drinking is prohibited.

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Both types of devices must ensure that everyone wears a mask unless it is not possible, e.g. B. when swimming or showering. And employees must follow the cleaning protocols.

What about senior centers with fitness facilities?

Senior centers across Oregon will have to remain closed for the time being.

Which counties are affected by the new rules?

The counties with “extreme risk” change every two weeks. Until February 11th they are:

  • baker
  • Benton
  • Clackamas
  • Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Coos
  • rogue
  • Deschutes
  • Hood River
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Josephine
  • Klamath
  • roadway
  • Linn
  • bad luck
  • Marion
  • tomorrow
  • Multnomah
  • Polk
  • Umatilla
  • union
  • Wasco
  • Washington
  • Yamhill

Tracy Loew is a reporter for the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at tloew@statesmanjournal.com, 503-399-6779 or on Twitter at @Tracy_Loew. Support local journalism through Subscribe to the Statesman Journal.