We continue to update our Health & Wellness Standards with the latest guidance provided by the CDC, state, and local authorities. Effective June 11th, the State is moving to Phase 5 of reopening, ending COVID-19 mitigation measures. After consulting with local authorities, staff, and members, we’re announcing a number of changes in advance so that you can adjust to them at a pace that works for you:
Starting Monday June 7th – Reservations are no longer required for Chicago Bouldering Gyms (Block 37, Humboldt Park, and Uptown).
Starting Wednesday June 9th – Reservations are no longer required for Avondale.
Starting Friday June 11th – While we continue to recommend that all members and visitors wear a mask while at First Ascent, masks are not required for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks. If you remove your mask in the gym, you are acknowledging that you are fully vaccinated.
Keeping each other healthy and climbing strong relies on the choices of individual people. We believe in the strength and integrity of this community, so we will not be checking your vaccination status when you visit – we will rely on you to do what’s right. We ask that you continue to care for your fellow climbers by wearing a mask if you are unvaccinated, staying home if you are feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, and reporting a positive COVID-19 test within 7 days of your last visit to us so we can continue our contact tracing protocols.
Thank you for your understanding, your care for one another, and your continued support. Climb on!
Here are the latest Health & Wellness Standards, presented in categories that help you understand how they will impact your visits to the gym.
Last updated: June 4th, 2021
PREPARING THE FACILITY FOR YOU…
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.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE…
Check How You’re Feeling
If you’re feeling any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home until you feel better.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE…
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.
All staff, members, and guests are required to wear masks while at First Ascent. Approved masks include N-95s, medical masks, and 2-ply cloth masks. Bandanas, buffs, and masks with vents are not permitted.
Starting Friday June 11th – While we continue to recommend that all members and visitors wear a mask while at First Ascent, masks are not required for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks.
Please mask up if your are unvaccinated to help keep you and your fellow climbers healthy and climbing strong. If you remove your mask in the gym, you are acknowledging that you are fully vaccinated.
Optional Touchless Check In & Payment
Use touchless scanners to check in, or make purchases or payments using your card on file.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE…
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.
WHEN YOU LEAVE…
Thanks for climbing with us and doing your part to help keep the FA community healthy. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
AFTER YOUR VISIT…
Contact us if you test positive for Covid-19
If you test positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of your last visit to First Ascent, please notify us by emailing email@example.com or by calling 312‑801‑4423.
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.