Cities/Chicago/Health & Wellness Standards

Last updated: August 3rd, 2021

Masks are required at all FA Chicago locations regardless of vaccination status.

 Your health and safety continue to be our top priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) have recently updated their guidance recommending that everyone over the age of 2 wear masks in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status, so we have updated our mask policy accordingly. 

We ask that you continue to care for your fellow climbers by 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 again for your understanding and support as we work together to find the safest way forward. We are grateful to have such an amazing community here at First Ascent. 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:

PREPARING THE FACILITY FOR YOU…

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.

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

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.

Face Masks

Masks are required at all FA Chicago locations regardless of vaccination status.

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.

 

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…

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!

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 healthreport@faclimbing.com.

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?

Drop us a line at healthstandards@faclimbing.com.
Thanks for your help keeping your fellow climbers healthy and climbing strong. Climb on!