After months of body weight workouts and strength training with wine bottles, it’s no wonder we’re all itching to get back into the gym. But as gyms and group exercise classes reopen in BC, the first question on everybody’s mind is: is it safe?

The BC government now allows gyms, recreation facilities and indoor low-intensity group exercise to operate under specific public health guidelines designed to keep patrons safe. You’ll find that there is actually a lot an indoor facility can do to mitigate transmission risks, and you can evaluate the safety of your gym or studio by reading their COVID-19 safety plan. Here are some major requirements to look out for:

Contact Tracing

  • Noting the contact information (name and phone number or email) of staff and attending participants in a format that is readily available to the Public Health department

Ventilation

Good airflow and well-maintained ventilation are crucial to keeping indoor spaces safe. This can be achieved by:

  • Keeping outer doors and windows open or partially open at all times
  • Having functioning mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Stopping the use of floor and wall fans

Floor Markings And Reduced Congregation

Any effort to reduce the congregation of groups of people, for example:

  • Space out patron arrival times to minimize bottleneck and reduce the potential of gathering in common spaces
  • Use floor markings or physical barriers to direct traffic flow and maintain 2-metres of physical distancing
  • Assign staff to ensure no group congregations

Cleaning And Disinfection

  • All shared equipment such as heavy bags, floor mats and weights, are cleaned and disinfected between each use
  • High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected at least twice per day

Physical Distancing

  • A physical distance of 2.5 metres between each patron must be maintained at all times while exercising
  • Floor markings should be used to identify exercise space
  • If there is movement during the class, each participant should have enough space to maintain at least 2.5 metres away from each other

Booking

  • Inform clients when booking an appointment that they should not come and must cancel if they feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Change cancellation policy to allow for cancellations without penalty if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Ask patrons to arrive no earlier than their scheduled appointment time

Hand Hygiene

  • Ask patrons to practice hand hygiene before and after a workout and have adequate supplies throughout the facility

Masks

  • Patrons should wear masks at all times when not exercising
  • Masks can be encouraged to be worn during exercise, but they are not required
  • Instructors must wear masks at all times unless exercising

Are you looking for a gym in the Vancouver area that strictly follows all the above COVID-19 guidelines? Visit Beyond Boxing today! Our community’s safety is our #1 priority. That’s why we go above and beyond to make sure you feel safe while working out at our gym.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just looking for a fun-loving community, your Beyond Boxing team is here to help you reach your goals while having fun and keeping you safe, of course! Call us today to learn more about our COVID-19 safety plan, memberships and classes.