Masks now optional at Essentia’s fitness facilities

Masks are now opitonal for members of Essentia Health fitness facilities, effective immediately. Masking is still required among Essentia staff, and for patients visiting a fitness center for physical therapy.

Essentia says the change comes partly as a result of feedback from members, who have acknowledged the challenges of exercising vigorously while wearing a mask.

"It is Essentia’s mission to make a healthy difference in people’s lives," said Kurt Radke, operations senior director at Essentia. "Physical fitness is a fundamental component to physical and mental well-being, and we want to make our facilities accessible, comfortable and safe for everyone."

Other COVID-19 safety protocols remain in place, including social distancing and the placement of additional cleaning stations throughout our fitness centers. Extra cleaning of equipment is required following each use, as well.

Masking remains a requirement at Essentia’s other facilities, such as hospitals and clinics.