Virgin Active’s Covid-19 measures show what to expect when you return to the gym

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Virgin Active’s Covid-19 measures show what to expect when you return to the gym

Earlier in June, Virgin Active announced the changes it would be implementing in its gyms in the midst of the pandemic that has the entire globe in its grip.

The company, which also operates gyms in Botswana, Italy, Namibia and Thailand, has announced a range of measures to keep gym-goers safe from Covid-19.

These include the incorporation of ventilation equipment that replaces 100% of the air in gyms within nine minutes.

Virgin Active has said that members will be required to book a session on the Virgin Active app before heading to the gym, after which a unique QR code will grant them access. With their booking, members will have to confirm that they have not been exposed to Covid-19. If they have had the coronavirus, members will be required to present two negative tests, and will also be subject to a waiting period before being allowed to go to the gym. All members will have their temperature checked upon arrival. A limited amount of people will be allowed in the gym at any given time.

Members will not be allowed to bring their own towels or yoga mats, but will have access to paper towels, sanitiser and yoga mats provided by the gym, which will be deep cleaned after every session. While there is no certainty as to whether members will be required to wear masks in the gym, trainers and staff will do so.

Every second bike, treadmill and other electrical equipment will be disabled to ensure that members adhere to physical distancing guidelines, and members will be required to stay within demarcated areas during classes and personal training sessions.

Members who use weights for training will be required to drop these in a special area where they will be picked up for cleaning.

Swimming will be permitted – chlorinated pools are expected to eradicate the virus – but only two members will be allowed per lane. Saunas, steam rooms and computer stations will be closed.

Although there is currently no indication as to when gyms will be allowed to open their doors again, it suffices to say that these exercise hubs look to be forever changed by the coronavirus.

South Africa’s Virgin Active branches are the only branches not to have opened yet, with even Italian fitness buffs allowed back in Virgin Active again.

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