Welcome Back

We appreciate your support as we bring indoor climbing back to Maine. The world is different now, and you will notice that Salt Pump has changed a bit, too. The health of our members, guests, and employees are our highest priority. With this in mind, we ask that you please familiarize yourself with our new policies.

We understand and respect that for some customers, wearing a mask while climbing may seem too constrictive to enjoy the freedom of climbing. If that's the case, we humbly request you refrain from visiting our facility for the time being.  

Customers who have traveled from out of state, or visited a state other than current exempt states in the last 14 days, may be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

New to Salt Pump? If you're planning on visiting our facility for the first time, please check out our First Time Visitors page to book an orientation and fill out a waiver before you arrive.

Updated Guidelines

Gym Use

  • All patrons and staff must wear a facemask while in the facility - even while climbing. Please also note that young children are NOT exempted. If your child is too young to responsibly wear a mask, please refrain from bringing them to Salt Pump.
  • We request that everyone washes or sanitizes their hands before and after each climb - there are a dozen conveniently located sanitization stations throughout the gym.
  • If possible, please bring your own gear to climb. Rentals are available, but we do sell everything you would need to climb. Climbing shoes are required on all climbing walls. We are not allowing climbing in sneakers.
  • Physical distancing rules (staying at least 6 feet apart, no gathering in groups) must be followed.
    • You will notice signs in the rope area as well as in the bouldering area to assist with maintaining physical distancing.
  • No dogs or other pets will be allowed in Salt Pump for the time being, unless it is a registered service dog. 
  • No loose chalk will be allowed - please leave your chalk bag at home. Liquid chalk is available for purchase.
  • Please use only one piece of exercise equipment at a time - e.g. no circuit training or super setting, to ensure that each piece of equipment is properly cleaned after use.
  • Footwear should be worn at all times - please bring a pair of flip-flops or slippers you can wear in-between climbs. 
  • There are a few services and amenities that are currently unavailable, including :
    • Classes. Including yoga.
    • Water fountains. There is a sink available to fill water bottles.
    • Single-use lockers. The cubbies will be open, please be mindful of the gear of others.
    • Food and beverages are not for sale at this time.
  • Anyone not climbing is asked not to enter the facility due to space limitations.
  • Parent or guardian who is accompanying an <14yo climber will be asked to purchase a $10 pass. Since there is an occupancy limit on the building and lots of people want to climb, we must ask this during this unique time. Only one parent or guardian per <14yo youth, unless there is more than 4 youths. Thank you for understanding.

Covid-19 Questionnaire

Please do not enter the gym if you can answer “YES” to any of these questions.

  • Have you had a cough or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever or do you feel feverish?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Do you have loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  • Have you been out of the state, with the exception of MA, CT, RI, VT, NH in the last 14 days? 

If you have visited any states excluding MA, CT, RI, NH & VT in the last 14 days you may be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. 

Covid Updates

Covid Update: January 24th, 2021

January 24, 2021

Saturday, January 23rd, a customer informed us that they tested positive for COVID-19 based on a rapid test conducted on the same day of the report. The customer was last…

Covid Update: December 17th, 2020

December 17, 2020

Wednesday, December 16th, a customer informed us that too tested positive for COVID-19 based on a test conducted three days prior (PCR). The customer was last in the facility on…

Covid Update: December 16th, 2020

December 16, 2020

Monday, December 14th, a customer informed us that they tested positive for COVID-19 based on a test conducted on the same day. The customer was last in the facility on Thursday.…

Covid Update: December 9th, 2020

December 9, 2020

December 9th, a customer informed us that they tested positive for COVID-19 based on a test conducted on the same day. The customer was asymptomatic at the time and is…

Covid Update: December 8th, 2020

December 8, 2020

December 8th, a customer informed us that they tested positive for COVID-19 based on a test conducted on the same day. The customer was asymptomatic at the time and is…

Covid-19 Tracing Protocol

1. Check-in with the reporting individual about their well being in this unique time and if we can assist them.

2. Confirm details with the reporting individual, including date of symptom onset, potential close contacts, testing info, and any other pertinent data.

3. Alert all individuals that were in the gym during the individuals last session(s) in the 48 hours before symptom onset. We call anyone who was noted a close contact to affirm their testing and quarantining. Our database has an integrated Contact-Tracing system designed for this.

4. Inform the Member community of the event and our process, for transparency.

5. Update the COVID-19 page on our website as a public record of any reported cases as well as our protocols.

6. Follow-up that all close-contacts know their advised return date based on Maine CDC guidelines.

General Warning

COVID-19 transmission risk is elevated during cardiovascular exercise and increased respiration; forceful respiration when coughing, sneezing, and yelling; close physical contact; and sustained physical contact.

Anyone who is unable to observe the guidelines in place for community health will respectfully be asked to leave the facility.


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