Unlock 3.0 will witness new rules in easing up restrictions. Gyms, fitness centres and studios are allowed to re-open from August 5 to welcome their members in a new fitness world, that would consist strict safety protocols, social distancing, sanitization.
“Considering the future of fitness centres, we are proposing to open gym 24×7 to avoid crowd while generating employment in the current hit sector. With rigorous cleaning schedules, activity and equipment area shall be clearly marked to maintain social distancing,” says Pankaj Arora, managing director, Geospa fitness/Technogym (South Asia). He also adds, “Employees will be instructed to sanitise the equipments and changing rooms after every use along with monitoring temperature on daily basis.”
Pinning high hopes on the government, Vikas Jain, managing director, Anytime Fitness India , asserts that a lot would depend after the new guidelines are issued. He says, “Though a lot would depend on the government on how they allow us to operate or what norms would they allow us to follow. However, we have planned a few measures that includes limited to 60 / 90 minute sessions with sanitisation period in between, a limit on the maximum number of people inside a gym based on the sq.ft. area of the gym, no outside shoes allowed inside the gym.”
Sarvesh Shashi, founder, Sarva and Diva Yoga feels that ‘social distancing fitness’ is going to be the reality, until there’s a possibility of a vaccine. “After four months its great that yoga institutes are being allowed to open up. As a responsible company we will ensure we abide by all the necessary safety measures and precautions mandated by the government. More than us as a business, members need to follow practices and take precautions,” he was quoted as saying.
At such grave circumstances, staying fit and healthy is what is crucial, Neha Motwani, co-founder and CEO of Fitternity says, “We are supporting our partner gyms and fitness studios to create strict safety guidelines and personalised technology based inventory mapping in order for them to operate at optimum capacity to ensure a safe working environment.”