Cities/Arlington Heights/Health & Wellness Standards

Last Updated February 25th, 2022

Your health and safety continue to be our top priority. The City of Chicago has updated their COVID-19 mitigation requirements for gyms and other small businesses, and we have updated our Health & Wellness Standards accordingly.

Effective Monday February 28th, proof of vaccination as well as mask wearing will no longer be required at all FA Chicago locations.

Masks will still be recommended but not required. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask in our gyms, we encourage you to wear one – we will continue to offer disposable masks at the front desk if you need them.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support. These last 2 years have challenged us all in so many ways, and we are grateful to serve a community that brings so much heart and soul to our gyms even when things are so different. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the days to come. Climb on!

 Here are our Health & Wellness Standards, presented in categories that will help you prepare for your next visit to your FA location of choice:


Rigorous Cleaning

A professional cleaning crew deep cleans each of our facilities every night, and our staff follow continuous cleaning protocols throughout the day.

Medical Grade Disinfectants

We use medical-grade, EPA-registered disinfectants designated effective against the COVID-19 virus for all continuous and deep-cleaning procedures. 

Increased Air Circulation

Where possible, windows and doors at our facilities will be open to allow for additional fresh air circulation, and HVAC equipment will be set to allow the maximum amount of outside fresh air, achieving complete air replacement at least once every hour.

Facility Improvements & Adjustments

We’ve made some adjustments to the facility to promote the health and safety of staff and visitors, including adding plexiglass shields at the front desk, hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility, and signage to help promote healthy practices.


Check How You’re Feeling

If you’re feeling any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home until you feel better.


Masks Recommended

Masks are recommended but not required at all FA locations.

If you forget to bring a mask along with you, we’re happy to provide you with one – just ask a First Ascent staff member.


Sanitize Your Hands

Hand sanitizing is recommended first thing when you enter. A hand sanitizer station will be placed right at the entrance for use when entering. We also encourage you to wash or sanitize your hands regularly during your time at the gym.

Optional Touchless Check In & Payment

Use touchless scanners to check in, or make purchases or payments using your card on file.


Liquid Chalk + Chalk Balls Only

Only liquid chalk and chalk balls will be permitted for use. Loose chalk is not permitted to improve overall air quality in the gyms. 


Fist Bumps

Thanks for climbing with us and doing your part to help keep the FA community healthy. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Contact us if you test positive for Covid-19

If you test positive for Covid-19 within 7 days of your last visit to First Ascent, please notify us by emailing

We will notify anyone who visited First Ascent during that session while keeping your identify and information confidential. If there is any evidence of further spread of COVID-19 happening within the gyms, we will quarantine that gym and notify all staff, members, and visitors immediately.

Questions on the standards above?

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Thanks for your help keeping your fellow climbers healthy and climbing strong. Climb on!