Gym re opening

Gyms should be allowed to open with clear guidelines and restrictions. Allocate time slots to individuals of when they can enter and leave, limit the amount of people in at any one time, a break between each group of people to allow the gym owner to clean down the equipment. Ensure everyone that enters the building complies with sanitation on every piece of equipment before moving on to another machine. This needs to be monitored strictly by the gym owners. Anyone showing signs of being unwell must be stopped at the doors.

Why the contribution is important

This will avoid anyone who is currently struggling with their mental health and well-being to progress by further which will have long term impacts to the individuals and their family’s. Also will help the economy with these people being fit and able to continue at work when they are able to return, also reducing obesity issues getting any worse which puts more strain on the health service. Allowing people to be active and maintain fitness is much more important than being able to purchase items in a hardware store.

by SamanthaLEvans72 on May 05, 2020 at 07:08PM

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Average rating: 3.6
Based on: 29 votes


  • Posted by IainF May 05, 2020 at 19:17

    Totally agree. As well as the physical benefits, it’s helps with mental health. A responsible gym owner can manage class sizes, timetables etc. As stated, there’s no more risk than at a shop.
  • Posted by JoeOH May 05, 2020 at 19:22

    Brilliant idea - gets my vote!
  • Posted by Meerykat May 05, 2020 at 19:26

    Whilst I understand that gyms contribute to the mental and physical well-being of an individual, I don’t feel I can support this during covid-19. Sanitation standards can’t be policed adequately - this is evidenced when you observe people washing their hands; some take a couple of seconds others more careful. People exercising will be breathing heavily into the air within the gym and deposits of covid could be on any surface - not just equipment. Just because someone doesn’t show symptoms doesn’t mean they’re not a carrier. Afraid too risky.
  • Posted by barallon May 05, 2020 at 19:34

    I don’t believe that any gym should be open until it is safely to do so.
  • Posted by Stewartw May 05, 2020 at 19:36

    Keep them closed a breeding ground
  • Posted by Boggart1234 May 05, 2020 at 19:44

    I think this is a good idea.
  • Posted by J668 May 05, 2020 at 19:45

    Sanitisation offym equipment is never observed properly in "normal" times anyway. Dump the gym membership, go running, cycling or walking outside. It's free.
  • Posted by McG89 May 05, 2020 at 20:03

    Gyms should be allowed to open with clear guidelines and restrictions. People should have a choice rather than taking that away.

     it's not just about physical health, it is important for our mental wellbeing aswell.

    Training in a strictly controlled environment will pose no greater threat than going to a supermarket or walking past a large family group out on bikes.

  • Posted by ChicP May 05, 2020 at 21:39

    If the management can structure the functioning of the gym so that social distancing can be ensured, and keep the equipment sterile, then it should be OK.
    My concerns, however, would be with the fact that it’s an indoor activity, probably air-conditioned, has a lot of people breathing heavily and requires multiple touching of shared equipment by sweaty bodies.
    Doesn’t paint a good picture of a non-infecting environment really.
    Better for those needing exercise to do an outdoor activity if possible.
  • Posted by Vicster May 06, 2020 at 23:08

    I agree that some private gyms could easily open with strict guidelines in place.
    My gym for example has no air conditioning, very bespoke with few clients at any one time and management plan on providing sanitiser at every work station and washing hands on arrival and leaving.
    I see no issue with these plans and will help out small businesses get back to work.
    They should also be able to run outdoor classes at physical distancing guidelines.
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