Fitness Australia applauds ‘common sense’ approach to health and fitness.
Ahead of Metro Melbourne gyms reopening from midnight tonight with limited capacity, the fitness industry’s peak association Fitness Australia has applauded Premier Andrews’ announcement today that gyms will be permitted to have 100 people at any one time from 23 November.
Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish said today’s announcement by the Victorian Government that gyms and other indoor fitness facilities will be allowed a cap of 100 people, class sizes of up to 20 people and a density quota of 1 per 4sqm from 23 November was excellent news for the Victorian fitness industry and gym members.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for fitness businesses, exercise professionals and the thousands of employees who will soon be able to resume a strong sense of normality and importantly operate in a commercially viable way. The industry has worked hard to get a more common sense approach to gym re-openings and we are very pleased with today’s announcement,” Mr Elvish said.
“For the community and the nearly 1 million Victorians who have a gym membership, they can now look forward to getting back into their gym routine within a COVID-Safe environment. Accessing a fitness facility is essential for people who use exercise to maintain their mental health, physical health and overall wellbeing.”
Mr Elvish said the industry could now see the light at the end of the tunnel and prepare for more robust operations while still ensuring consumer safety and confidence to exercise.
“As an industry, we have strict COVID-Safe protocols in place to protect everyone and businesses will do whatever is required to keep members and staff safe. The gym will look a little bit different as people start to return from tomorrow, but the industry is 100% committed to their safety. The last thing these businesses want is to be shut down again,” Mr Elvish said.
“We know gyms are safe and today’s announcement signals a more realistic approach to giving people much needed access to essential services that improve their long-term health.”