Gyms are famous for being highly communicable public places where individuals use shared gears and machines. Although people are usually around complete strangers, using the same machines, and sweating at the same time induces some health risk. The whole thing would change as the gyms are now re-opening in many states of the United States in the middle of this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The owner of the Anytime Fitness franchise in Ardmore, Julie Hibbard said that in Oklahoma, where gyms were all set to resume their services from 1st May, but with complete sanitation and social distancing protocols to be followed in the first place.
Some people prefer to wear protective facemasks and gloves as they proceed with their exercising routine. Hibbard said that all the gym members are advised to wear protective facemasks, while it is mandatory to clean and wipe all the exercising equipment while it could only facilitate the 25% of the original gym members following these protocols. She added that she observes all the protection cameras by herself to check that everyone is following the protocols.
Hibbard is the owner of three top-class gyms in Texas, she is taking the services of a ‘professional cleaning staff’ that is responsible to clean the entire gym daily as per cleanliness standards. In addition to this one gym staff member makes sure to clean the gym every hour which Hibbard calls an extra protective measure. She also added social distancing, so the stall and members have to keep a distance of 15 feet from each other inside the gym.
Kaitlyn Gannon who owns the Dallas Iron Fitness is trying to re-model her private, boutique gyms so that she can reopen them.
She told that all of the members of her gym while entering the gym, will have to clean their hands. The gym is following all the necessary precautions and has spray bottles that members would be using the disinfectant spray-on machines before touching them.
She added that each one of the members has to sanitize their hands after they finish their exercise. She also tells that the gym would stock antibacterial hand cleaners and all members have to use the sanitizer before leaving.
According to Gannon, the personal trainers of the gym will help to give instructions for maintaining a safe distance, and also they will use a facemask as required. All the members would have to reserve their sports by online appointments to use the gym.
Gannon added that the environment of the gym would be changed completely and all of them should help to make it happen. She added that people should know that all gym owners and staff including hers’s are trying their best to offer a clean and safe exercising environment for all members.
A famous gym chain, Equinox has told the members that they should reserve appointments by using the gym’s official app. Once they reach the gym the staff members would check their body temperatures by using a touch-less thermometer.
All these people will also be demanded to wear facemasks except during strenuous training and should obey the guidelines to ensure social distancing measures. Other luxuries such as pools, saunas, kids’ club showers, and ball courts will not be open and only gym areas would be open as a part of this plan.
The national chain of cycling studios, Soul Cycle that is owned by Equinox, is also considering reducing the riders in their regular classes to maintain social distancing possible. It is asking all riders to wait in their personal cars or outside before class. According to the chain’s website, they would also check the body temperatures of all these members and riders if the government demands it, over the COVID-19 concerns.