What is the right temperature for your facilities pools?

March 26, 2021

The question of pool temperature is a touchy subject. Do you have competitive athletes, water aerobics, or leisure swimmers using your pool? All three categories prefer a different temperature so be prepared to hear a comment or two if your pool is utilized by all.

In summary we found these to be the average temperatures:

  • All Around – 83
  • Lap/Competitive – 81
  • Leisure – 86

We hope your facility never hears a complaint but from what we hear – when it comes to the pool temp, you cannot please everyone.

Facility Capacity Mandates in Minnesota for Gyms and Fitness Facilities

Originally Published January 12, 2021

We will continue to update this post as our Minnesota restrictions are lifted

***Updated March 12, 2021****

As of 3/15/21 noon in Minnesota

    • 50% Capacity
    • 250 Max Capacity (4/1/21 occupancy max may exceed 250 if applicable with percentage limits)
    • Indoor Classes increased to 25 people
    • Outdoor Classes increased to 50 people
    • Masks required
    • Saunas to remain closed

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 ***Updated February 19, 2021***

As of 2/13/21 noon in Minnesota

      • 25% capacity
      • 250 Max Capacity
      • 6 foot distance between machines and people
      • Classes are now at 25 people with distancing observed
      • Masks required

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Our NIHCA Networking Group asked how the total capacity is being interpreted with the new mandates in place.

In Minnesota, the gyms were closed again in late November and early December. Since reopening, there have been greater restrictions on the max occupancy at any given time. This restriction is on a rolling basis; meaning, that at any one time there cannot be over 150 persons in the entire facility or max of 25% capacity.  For Example: if you have a smaller facility with a max capacity of 150 persons then at this time you cannot have more than 37 persons at one time. The restriction is based on the facility and not on individual spaces.

Please verify with your state regarding capacity restrictions during this time as well as proper social distancing.

As of 1/10/21 in Minnesota

        • 9 foot distance between machines and people
        • Classes are now at 25 people with distancing observed

We will continue to repeat that this is an ever changing environment. We too look forward to the restrictions being lifted not only in Minnesota but throughout the country.

Follow the link for the Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan, https://mn.gov/covid19/stay-safe/stay-safe-plan/index.jsp.  Be sure to check your local government pages for guidelines.

Free or Discounted Access For Employees

March 2nd, 2021

Do You Allow Free or Discounted Access For Employees?

Before we offer you ANY information regarding this hot topic, we want to advise you to always consult with your tax professional regarding cash equivalent benefits to your employees or their families!

You are proud of your facility, as you should be, and you love seeing your employees use the facility on their off time. A great question; are your employees allowed to use the facility free of charge? This answer came with an array of answers and it was pretty split as to offering nothing or offering a free membership!

No: Many facilities are not allowed to offer any type of free or discounted memberships to their employees, due to the facilities county or municipality structure.

Part of your benefits: It is a good idea to include any free or discounted membership in the employees benefit package.

Include the Family: Facilities that are offering a discount or free membership to the employee as a perk, do not typically extend it to the family. If the employee would like a family membership, it is often offered at the difference from a single membership.

 

Once again, we reached out to gather this information for you. We will not list or provide the specific facilities that provided data. If you would like to help us grow the data pool, please email us at rewards@nihca.org. IF there are questions you would like addressed in the future,  you can email us at rewards@nihca.org.

Lost & Found Policies

February 9, 2021

We’ve all been finishing up laundry and realize there is one missing sock. Talk about frustrating. What I don’t understand is, how can you leave the gym and realize you lost your keys and not go back to find them?

Today’s topic is a hot one – do you have a Lost & Found Policy?

Short answer, if you don’t have a policy maybe now is the time to make one for your facility.  We took the liberty of breaking down a memo and log from one of our clubs and generalized it for you to make it your own at your facility. Here is an example Lost & Found Policy and Item Log: Lost and Found Policy and Log.

Here is what our clubs said:

  • Hygiene items not claimed are tossed at end of each day
  • Clothing and general items not claimed usually end up getting donated
  • One facility has a rummage sale each year and donates the money (LOVE this!)
  • High Value items are logged, secured and kept indefinitely

I hope nobody loses their keys, wedding rings or minds! However, as George Carlin said, “If I ever lose my mind I hope some honest person will find it and take it to Lost and Found”.

Let’s Talk Salaries

February 1, 2021

The NIHCA Networking Group has been around for some time now. Our facilities ask on a regular basis, “what do you pay your …..?”. A few years ago, we put this information into a spreadsheet and shared it amongst our Networking Group. This is a great resource to go back to and review, if you find yourself looking to hire a new director, front desk clerk, maintenance staff or if you find yourself looking to add a personal trainer at your facility. Please note that as of today, February 2021, the memberships may not be as accurate due to the 2020 year with COVID.

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To pull up the spreadsheet click here, NIHCA Knows-What do you pay your staff…

 

 

Once again, we reached out to gather this information for you. We will not list or provide the specific facilities that provided data. If you would like to help us grow the data pool, please email us at rewards@nihca.org.

 

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