Whilst Fitness Australia continues to seek confirmation from each State-based authority on filming of workout videos in studios, the Government of Western Australia has provided direct confirmation and clarification to Fitness Australia:
"As at 16 April 2020, the current State of Emergency Declarations in WA do not prohibit the filming of fitness classes conducted by employees/fitness instructors inside of a gym, however that gym must remain closed to the public.
Per other directives around prohibited gatherings, there must be no more than two person present in a single undivided indoor space and appropriate social distancing measures (at least 4sqm of space for each person, maintaining distances of 1.5m from other people) must also be put in place.
This is outlined in the ‘Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions’ issued on 7 April 2020. As this situation is dynamic, it would be advisable that all gyms and instructors monitor the full list of Directions which are available here."
Police have general powers to request information to investigate where they believe an offence is or has been committed. These powers include but are not limited to establishing identification and issuing move on orders. In this instance, proof that they are employees of the Gym may be requested.
Following Monday 23rd March closure of gyms, thousands of Australians have turned to online personal training, live streaming of classes and fitness videos to ensure they can continue to exercise in the safety of their own home during COVID-19.
Fitness Australia suggests that business owners and personal trainers consider the following when moving their workouts to online virtual training:
- Contact your insurance provider, if your provider is Guild Insurance, you can reach them on 1800 810 213.
- Read our recommendations on what to consider when you move to online virtual training.
- If you're unsure of local rules that may apply to your business, reach out to your local Police Station and Council.
Read Fitness Australia's statement: Industry calls for State Premiers to exercise common sense when it comes to filming online training