Whilst Fitness Australia continues to seek confirmation from each State-based authority on filming of workout videos in studios, the ACT Government has provided direct confirmation and clarification to Fitness Australia:
"The ACT Government recognises the importance of physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic to benefit physical and mental health within the community.
While gyms, indoor sports centres, health and fitness clubs should be closed to the public under current restrictions, these areas may be viewed as the workplaces of fitness professionals.
This permits these personnel to access gym floors for the purpose of developing online workout/training content. Any gathering of people for this purpose must not have a density of more than one person per 4m2 and staff must not participate in groups greater than two individuals at any point in time.
Individual gyms are advised to use their own discretion in considering online content development in their facility based on individual circumstances related to COVID-19."
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