Since many states have started to relax coronavirus restrictions that were initially put in place to reduce chances of spreading the virus, gyms and other health and exercise services have begun to reopen. But even with new guidelines and restrictions, is it safe to go?
The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association announced multiple changes that should be implemented across gym facilities. Among the new guidelines, employees and members are expected to clean and disinfect gym equipment before and after use, avidly wash and sanitize their hands and practice social distancing.
A study conducted in February 2020 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that uniform procedures when it comes to reducing bacteria in training rooms are limited. In the study, influenza was detected on 25% of surfaces in training rooms. But after implementing a standardized infection control protocol, researchers were able to completely reduce the presence of influenza. Based on that data, if proper precautions are followed, it should be safe to return to the gym.
Active cleaning and disinfecting using CDC-recommended products should be implemented across all gym facilities, according to the IHRSA. It’s also recommended that employees undergo training for how to properly clean and disinfect gym equipment. Showers, saunas, locker rooms and all other communal areas should be cleaned and disinfected.
There are many guidelines in place to make sure you’re safe when returning to the gym. Here are the complete list of changes coming to gyms once they reopen.