The Climbing Wall Association is a trade association dedicated to protecting, connecting, and educating the indoor climbing industry. We provide relevant and actionable climbing business resources that keep the industry healthy and thriving. We do this through advocacy; developing industry standards; publishing industry news, data, and analysis; sponsoring certification and professional development programs; and producing community-building and educational events. Learn more and become a member at www.ClimbingWallIndustry.org.


Additional resources for the indoor climbing industry are available in the CWA's Coronavirus Resource Hub. Access recordings of past Community Calls, the latest news, an FAQ, up-to-date advocacy information, and more at www.ClimbingWallIndustry.org/coronavirus.

How to Plan Activities for Groups and Teams During COVID
What happens when someone at my gym tests positive?
How to Self-Advocate to Local Health Authorities
Projecting Anti-Racism: Asking for Free Labor
Considerations for Returning to Youth Programming
A Review of Climbing Gym Reopening Policies – May 2020
Projecting Anti-Racism: Highlights from Flash Foxy’s Stronger Together Episode with Abby Dione
Climbing Gym Workplace Health & Safety for COVID-19 - Part II
How to Avoid & De-Escalate Conflict
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Download and print posters for your facility to help communicate your new policies to your customers.


The posters cover:

  • Occupancy

    • Hang this poster in your front window or place it outside your entrance

  • Hygiene tips

    • This poster covers the basic hygiene tips that climbers should observe while in your gym

  • Your gym's policies

    • Tell your members what you are doing for them. This poster covers the basic policies that all gyms will be likely to put into place

  • Hand Washing tips

    • A climbing themed hand washing guide for your restrooms and hand hygiene stations



The CWA has developed a set of decision matrices to help you identify, analyze, and compare the performance of different strategies that you may put into place in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

This document covers, Hygiene policies, cleaning products or methods, events, and occupancy calculations. You can save a copy of this document and alter questions or values to suit your needs.

These matrices are meant as a tool to help you make these critical decisions based on your local laws and culture. They are only a framework and not definitive.

If you need help with this tool email us at info@climbingwallindustry.org



We are keeping track of various reopening guidance from states that are specific to youth programs and summer camps. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.



  1. Effects of cleaning and disinfection in reducing the spread of norovirus contamination via environmental surfaces

  2. Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

  3. Stability of SARS-CoV-2 in different environmental conditions

  4. Aerosol and Surface Distribution of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in Hospital Wards, Wuhan, China, 2020

  5. Occurrence of bacteria and biochemical biomarkers on public surfaces

  6. Significance of fomites in the spread of respiratory and enteric viral disease

  7. Institutional outbreaks of rotavirus diarrhea: potential role of fomites and environmental surfaces as vehicles for virus transmission

  8. Contamination, disinfection and cross-colonization: are hospital surface reservoirs for nosocomial infection?

  9. Nosocomial spread of viral disease

  10. Handwashing and risk of respiratory infections: a quantitative systematic review

  11. Safety and effectiveness for health care antiseptics: Topical antimicrobial drug products for over-the-counter human use

  12. Show Me The Science - Hand Sanitizer

  13. Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

  14. Scientific and ethical basis for social-distancing interventions against COVID-19

  15. Effectiveness of workplace social distancing measures in reducing influenza transmission: a systematic review

  16. Inactivation of human and avian influenza viruses by potassium oleate of natural soap component through exothermic interaction

  17. Effectiveness of Common Household Cleaning Agents in Reducing the Viability of Human Influenza A/H1N1

  18. Estimating the effect of hand hygiene compliance and surface cleaning timing on infection risk reductions with a mathematical modeling approach

  19. Efficacy of Soap and Water and Alcohol-Based Hand-Rub Preparations against Live H1N1 Influenza Virus on the Hands of Human Volunteers

  20. Estimated effectiveness of symptom and risk screening to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  21. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Transmission


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The CWA disclaims all duty, responsibility, or liability to climbing wall owners, operators, employees, clients, participants, and other parties for any equipment damage, property damage, injury, death or other loss resulting from any cause, including any cause claimed to be a result of a person's or organization’s adherence to, or failure to adhere to, this guidance.

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