Gyms open for business today

There are various guidelines that fitness centres have to follow in ensuring a safe environment for all during their reopening

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ pic by BERNAMA

GYMS nationwide are now open for business and operators have been adjusting to several standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure a safe environment for all.

“There are various guidelines which fitness centres have to follow and it depends on the type and level of activities at the gym,” Anytime Fitness Asia CEO Rey Bolivar told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) recently.

According to Bolivar, gyms are required to register with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry before reopening.

“The gyms are now registering with the appropriate departments to ensure they are compliant, checking on their physical locations, their stock of materials for cleaning, protection and disinfection are in place and that their staffs are ready to accept members,” he said.

Next, gym operators must make sure hand sanitisers and disinfectants or cleaning materials are available and there are social-distancing signs and markers.

For the staff, they must use face masks and monitor the gym for social distancing and capacity. Gym operators must also make sure that areas used are cleaned appropriately and shared equipment must be disinfected after each use.

As for gym members, besides having to use a contact tracing app and QR code such as the MySejahtera app, they must have their temperature checked and wear a face mask before and after each activity.

Whether in groups or as individuals, static activities such as on a treadmill must have a distance of one to three metres, while dynamic activities such as classes must have a distance of three to five metres.

Physical contact, loitering before and after workouts and sharing of water bottles, towels and personal belongings are not allowed.

Children aged 12 and below and those aged 60 and above are not recommended to enter gyms at the moment. Bolivar said Anytime Fitness gyms are following these guidelines and have been preparing for reopening for a few weeks now, using its SOPs for Covid-19.

He also said members have been reaching out to their gyms, primarily on the dates of opening and their membership.

“Overall, we are confident that members and guests see the value of fitness in boosting a strong immune system and we are giving them confidence that our gyms are safe for them to work out in,” added Bolivar.

Meanwhile, Celebrity Fitness, CHi Fitness, Fitness First and GoFit Malaysia MD Andrew Phillips told TMR that in preparation for reopening, they have been conducting technical/electrical/water/equipment assessments and deep cleaning in each clubs to make sure they are in a safe condition.

“We have also been communicating to our members, equipping them with the new SOPs since the government announced the go-ahead for us to reopen,” he said.