Peak industry association Fitness Australia stresses that people don’t need to avoid the gym due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Recommendations by Fitness Australia to its members, 3,500 fitness facility providers and almost 20,000 personal trainers and instructors, are to follow appropriate hygiene practices as instructed by the World Health Organisation and the Australian government.
“Good health and wellness is the top priority for gyms,” says Barrie Elvish, CEO of Fitness Australia.
“We’re working closely through regular contact with our member gyms, personal trainers and instructors to encourage them to take proactive preventative measures to protect their fitness communities against exposure to the virus. We’re also suggesting that they ensure additional signage and ask staff to model and encourage good habits with their customers including wiping down equipment before and after use, using their own towels to wipe their face and not coming to the gym if they aren’t feeling well. We are aware that some facilities are also making regular public announcements reinforcing these behaviours.”
“We know that fitness providers practice good hygiene due to the nature of their facilities as a matter of course. Now we’re encouraging gyms and their customers to be extra vigilant.”
“It should also be acknowledged that expert medical and health advice highlights the importance of moderate exercise in developing and maintaining an individual’s immune function,” adds Elvish.
“Our recommendations are to take appropriate action and practical advice as directed by Coronavirus experts.”
“Although it’s understood that the virus cannot be transmitted through sweat, consistent good hygiene practices by both the facilities and their customers will provide the best defence against the spread of most contagious illnesses.”
For further information and support, members and industry are encouraged to contact Fitness Australia on 1300 211 311.