As more facts are discovered about the coronavirus and the manner by which it spreads, there is no doubt the government will be issuing guidelines accordingly. For now, you can do everything in your capacity to protect yourself when venturing outdoors, especially in crowded places such as the gym in the wake of the pandemic.
The following are several safety gym tips to mitigate the risk of transmission and protect other users.
1. Regular and Deep Cleaning
It is critical to undertake regular and deep cleaning at the gym every day, which means that you may need to increase allotted hours to clean or bring in new staff members to support your new procedures. It is ideal to carry out the deep clean much more regularly on top of normal cleaning routines.
As a public business, it is critical to figure out what you will ask your members to do. You will need to give instructions and cleaning products for wiping down equipment after use. Shared facilities such as toilets will need to be regularly cleaned after each use. Good cleaning practices will put you in a good position to mitigate risk and protect your members.
2. Social Distancing
Social distancing protocols are in place to help you lessen close contact with people you do not live with. It helps stop the spread of the virus. Present recommendations are that people should stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from the same household. It can mitigate the spread of the virus by providing members the ability to keep their distance from each other.
Depending on the gym size and nature of what you do, some businesses will find this effortless than others. Think about utilising protective screens between equipment such as rows of treadmills and bike machines. It will help to maintain distance between members.
If you run a fitness class, keep class sizes small. Ideally, there should be a big space so that members can maintain social distancing protocols. What is even better is to hold fitness classes outdoors, which will work especially for boot camp style training classes.
3. Disinfect Equipment Between Each Use
According to studies, coronavirus is stable for several hours up to days on certain surfaces. Depending on the type of surface, the amount of time it is stable can change. It is critical to disinfect equipment between each use.
You will need to put steps in place that allows you to clean and disinfect equipment between each use optimally. Regardless if you encourage members to sanitise prior to using the equipment or your gym staff will carry this out will be up to you. But you will likely implement one or the other.
Think about high-touch areas such as doorknobs and other equipment that will need to be cleaned and disinfected. It must be noted that members will not do a thorough job as a gym staff does when it comes to disinfection. It may be a better idea to have a staff to carry out specific tasks.
4. Increase Coronavirus Communication
Ongoing communication is critical to make members feel safe and confident with coming back to the gym. Although some members will be eager to return to their gym routine, others may be much more reluctant and understandably so.
Ongoing communication can help members be reassured as well as keep them fully up-to-date with new procedures. If they know what to do and what to expect, they can protect themselves and follow the new rules and regulations.
5. Encourage Regular Handwashing
Regular handwashing is now part of a majority of people’s day-to-day routine. Experts have drilled it to wash hands constantly throughout the day to reduce the risk of spreading or coming in contact with the virus.
Provide your members access to hand sanitising stations and set up a new entry procedure.
Encourage members to wash hands-on entry and regularly wash their hands prior to touching any equipment. A combination of vigorous cleaning, regular handwashing, as well as disinfection of services and equipment will form the basis of new safety procedures.
It is critical to apply hygiene practices in the gym since it is crowded and requires equipment touching. But people will eventually want to go back into their fitness routine, so the influx of people returning to gym facilities will need to be accommodated. Thus, it is critical to enforce robust sanitation and hygiene practices to make sure that the spread of the coronavirus will never happen.