As an industry, the role we can play in making sure people feel safe to continue to be active during these unprecedented circumstances is vital.
We understand clear, accurate and consistent information across the industry is key to ensuring our members and gym users have the confidence and trust that their local facility has their health and safety top of mind.
As part of our duty of care, and in consultation with fitness industry expert partners locally and globally, Fitness Australia has developed the following recommendations for fitness facility operations during the COVID-19 period
Fitness Australia Recommendations
- Any patrons, contractors and staff that are feeling unwell, demonstrating illness or if have been asked by health authorities to self-isolate at home are requested to not come to the facility until they are fully recovered.
- Clear notices are placed at the entrance of the fitness facility that direct patrons, contractors and staff that if they are feeling unwell or have symptoms of fever, flu, cough or respiratory problems, they should refrain from entering the facility.
- Notice at the entrance to remind patrons, contractors and staff to sanitise their hands upon entry to the facility.
- Ensure each patron has their own towel.
- Notice in the changing rooms/bathrooms to demonstrate how to wash hands correctly.
- Remove shared water bubblers and encourage members to bring their own drink bottles, and if not feasible, install signage that bubblers are only to be used to fill bottles.
- Facilities should provide adequate quantities of hand sanitiser in prominent well signed places and refill regularly.
- Facilities should instruct patrons via signage and staff interactions to wipe/clean equipment before and after use.
- Facilities should increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of the fitness facility and all equipment, using cleaning products and disinfectant. This should be increased during peak times.
- Limit indoor exercising attendees to less than 100 people per room, with appropriate social distancing (a restriction of one person per every four square metres and that a distance of at least 1.5 metres is maintained between attendees). This is include physical contact between patrons, contractors and staff ie. no shaking hands or high-fives.
- Remove, deactivate or move every second piece of equipment to ensure social distancing (as per recommendation 10).
- For handling of cash, the staff member should be advised to perform hand hygiene immediately after handling cash. This means hand sanitiser also needs to be available in these areas.
These are additional recommendations to the National Fitness Industry Code of Practice and relevant Federal, State and Local laws and regulations applied throughout the period of COVID-19.
While these are our current recommendations, we must remind you that newly imposed laws need to be adhered to first and foremost. We will continue to update you as new developments are announced.
For further information and resources visit fitness.org.au/COVID19