People will not be able to return to training as they did before the pandemic, now they will have to take more cleaning and protection measures.
In some regions of the United States, gyms are preparing to reopen, following the restrictions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. As for the facilities, customers must be ready to take security measures, as the virus is still present.
People will not be able to go back to training as they did before the pandemic. Now they must take more cleaning and protection measures for the good of their health and that of other users.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not published a guide that providers of this service must follow, but local governments have issued their own safety measures.
In Texas, gyms and exercise centers can operate at 25 percent of capacity, to prevent large numbers of people from gathering together in a confined space. In addition, they must keep their lockers and showers closed. Only the bathrooms are allowed to open.
All employees are required to be tested before entering the facilities and to send home whoever is identified with suspicious symptoms of the disease.
The Texas government also mandated that exercise equipment be set 1.8 meters apart and all objects used by clients must be cleaned and sanitized on a frequent basis.
In Florida, gyms are allowed to resume their activities at 50 percent of their capacity, and measures similar to those in Texas were enacted. In Tennessee, employees are required to wear face masks at all times.
Safety measures for gym visitors
People who will soon resume their training in gyms can follow the following safety recommendations to reduce the risk of contagion from Covid-19 :
- Disinfect the equipment with a disinfectant wipe before and after using each equipment.
- Use one computer at a time and do not make circuits between different machines.
- Bring your own mat, towels and other equipment that can be purchased personally.
- Stay away, at least 1.8 meters, from other people.
- Wash your hands constantly.
- Refrain from going to a gym when you have symptoms related to the coronavirus, such as cough, shortness of breath and fever.
Also, older adults and people with chronic illnesses should avoid public places.