Last week, the government announced that from the 25th July, gyms, pools and leisure facilities will be allowed to re-open. In line with other businesses, the government has issued specific guidelines to help companies reduce the risk of transmission. Here’s a rundown of the most important measures you should implement into your operations.

Coaches, teachers and managers

  • If you’re running classes, then you may want to consider restricting the number of attendees. You could also limit attendees to certain classes to minimise exposure.
  • Determine the number of classes that instructors are comfortable teaching and establish a system to ensure numbers are maintained.
  • There will be higher risk of transmission for visiting instructors, so if possible, establish a private testing system.

Fitness spaces

  • Gym equipment should be separated apart to comply with social distancing guidelines.
  • If possible, try and implement a one-way route system throughout the facility.
  • Clearly tape routes around equipment so users can clearly see what to do and where to go.

Changing rooms

  • Changing rooms can get rather congested during opening hours. You may want to limit the use of lockers and remove showers.
  • You could encourage attendees to arrive in sports kits and encourage them to travel home to shower.

Dance and exercise studios

  • If possible, tape or floor markings should clearly demarcate how much spacing there should be between people.

Swimming pools

  • The numbers allowed in a pool should be restricted to give each swimmer three square metres.
  • Saunas and steam rooms should remain closed as the risk of transmission is unclear.

Air extraction and ventilation

  • The numbers of people in each gym should be limited to give 100 square foot per person. To determine this figure, the usable gym space is everything that members can use including the toilets, changing rooms and wash facilities.
  • Ventilation should provide completely fresh air and not recirculate air from one space to another.
  • Increase the ventilation rate by fully opening dampers and running fans at full speed.
  • Run the ventilation system for 24 hours a day.
  • Increasing the number of filter changes.

Cleaning

  • Where possible, keep as many windows and doors open as possible.
  • Frequently clean work areas and gym equipment.
  • Regularly clean any objects and surfaces that are touched regularly including gym equipment, weights and mats.
  • Provide sprays and cloths for users to wipe down any machine and equipment they have used.
  • Undertake regular reviews of spaces and increasing the frequency of cleaning for high risk areas such as corridors, touch points and foyers.
  • Clear workspaces and remove waste at the end of every shift.

Changing rooms

  • Provide clear guidance through signage on how and where people should be using wash facilities, with as much social distancing as possible.
  • Extensively clean all facilities during and at the end of each day.
  • Limit how much time people can spend in changing rooms to ensure the number of people does not exceed capacity.

Spectators and children

  • Spectating should be prohibited or strongly discouraged if it is impossible to be socially distant. Parents picking up children should be encouraged to wait outside and/or in the car if possible.
  • If you will have spectators, control numbers through ticketing and pre-booking.
  • If a child is participating in activities, permit only one adult/carer to supervise the child.

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