The weight is over
Queensland gyms and fitness clubs allowed to reopen to more members.
In a move that is sure to please fitness junkies around Queensland, the State Government has allowed gyms and fitness clubs to open their doors to more members.
The move, which is part of an updated COVID-safe plan allows for more than 20 members to exercise provided the gym and members adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
Anytime Fitness Personal Trainer Tony Gnap, 29, said the easing of restrictions was a welcome relief after months of uncertainty.
“Today was day one of reopening, and it’s been hectic, to say the least,” Ms Gnap said.
“There’s been a lot of spacing and moving equipment to make sure the gym is ready and safe.
“It’s good to be back, but there will be a lot of work ahead to make sure people are sticking to the rules and wiping down the equipment after use.”
Ms Gnap said her gym had instituted an online booking system with members able to request a one-hour time slot to ensure numbers are not exceeded.
“For the most part, people are really excited to be back in the gym,” she said.
“A lot of keen gym goers have already booked multiple sessions, but there are still some who are little hesitant to return given the strict guidelines.”
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said under the updated COVID-safe plan, more people would be able to exercise provided they followed strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
“Physical activity plays such an important role in the lives of Queenslanders,” Mr Miles said.
“This approved plan will ensure we can all get back to the gym in a safe way… and helps gyms, fitness centres and health clubs to demonstrate that they operate safely and can service more customers than outlined in the current roadmap.”
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Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said plans were also underway for the recommencement of field sports.
“Whilst gyms have been the first cab off the rank with their COVID-safe industry plan, field sports have also received sign-off to get back into action with arrangements that allow more people to get out onto the field safely,” Mr de Brenni said.
“The remaining sport and recreation sectors can have confidence around the viability of their return-to-play arrangements which are currently under review.”
More information for sport, recreation and fitness organisations can be found here, covid19.qld.gov.au/returntoplay.
Tony’s top fitness tips (post isolation):
- Take it easy to start with and be mindful of your health and safety.
- Don’t go too heavy with weights too soon.
- Clean down all equipment before and after use.
- Ask for help if you need it.
- Be mindful of others working out around you.