New Gym Rules in Place to Protect from COVID-19
December 2019 Wuhan China, an outbreak of a new virus began to spread throughout the population. The Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, grew at an alarming rate and took the entire world into a global shutdown, the biggest pandemic since 1968. Businesses were forced to close, including gyms and over 9 million brits were sent into granted absence from their jobs. The world stood still for months to control the spread. However, months later, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has now given the green light for gyms to reopen by the end of the month. It is important to understand that although gyms will be open, there will be strict new gym rules in place to prevent the transmission of the virus. Many gyms also have their own extra measures, so it is important to check your gyms website before running through the door.
Booking in Systems and busy trackers
Like shops and restaurants, gyms will be restricted on how many people can be inside their buildings at any given time, based on their size. Exceedingly busy gyms will require a booking in system that means gym goers will have to book their spot if they want to be given access. Furthermore, other gyms such as The Gym Group have added busy trackers to their spaces that can be checked using their website or app to get real time tracking of how many people are currently using their sites.
Similarly to other businesses, new gym rules in place will unfortunately require customers to queue outside following social distancing rules due to the limited number of people allowed in the gym at once.
New Entry Methods and Contactless Payments
With many gyms requiring pin codes to gain entrance, this increases the risk of spreading the disease. Therefore, Gyms such as Puregym have introduced a new way of entrance using a QR Code to allow access, this removes the need of touching any keypads. In addition to this all payments will be required to be contactless and no cash should be handled.
Banned Face-to-Tap Water Fountains
Communal water fountains will be prohibited to be used as face-to-tap drinking. customers will be encouraged to bring their own water and only use fountains for refilling bottles. The World Health Organisation state that there is little evidence to suggest the disease can be spread through water, however being turned off allows for more space that isn’t congregated.
Hand Sanitiser Stations
Most businesses have been required to have hand sanitiser stations, including gyms. However, gyms will go one step further and have sanitiser stations for your equipment. Staff will be routinely cleaning all equipment and surfaces, but some gyms may ask you to clean all equipment after you have used it. Alongside this, one way flow routes will be in place to reduce congestion and contact between customers.
Arrive in Gym Clothes
To prevent changing rooms getting busy most gyms will require you to arrive in your workout clothes. Additionally, some gyms may not have changing rooms open at all if social distancing measure can’t be carried out. This reduces the risk of spread from opening lockers, touching equipment inside and congestion.
Reduced Class Sizes
Occupancy and changeover levels will be managed during classes by reducing the amount of people allowed in at one time. Furthermore, the number of classes will be lessened to allow for sufficient break time between programs for staff to appropriately clean the studio and equipment.
Are you seeking to improve your lifestyle but need a helping hand? Find a vetted health and fitness professional in your area today brought to you by Fitbook.
By Ella Orrock