Gyms not a hotspot for Covid-19 says industry body

Fitness Australia has gathered data from hundreds of gyms to show that gyms are not hotspots for the spread of coronavirus. 

More than 6.26 million check-ins across 423 gyms in New South Wales over the two months since they reopened on 13 June have shown no recorded transmission of the disease.

The organisation says gyms are being unfairly categorised as hotspots for the spread of Covid -19, which it says is inaccurate and is hurting the industry.

“Our industry knows how important it is to keep members and staff safe while using the gym, which is why owners and operators all over the state are going above what is required by law and putting additional health and safety practices in place,” said Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish.

“We are not part of the problem; we are actually part of the solution to getting more Australians more active more often and help prevent long-term lifestyle-related disease,” he said.

Tags
Related Stories
New strength training programme to boost immunity
New programme strengthens the body’s defence against many types of infection, including Covid-19.
Obesity strategy ‘doomed’ without funding for leisure facilities
Swimming can play a key role in helping the government tackle obesity, but the project is ‘doomed to fail’ if necessary funding is not provided for struggling leisure facilities.
Trade bodies call for Property Bounceback Grant
ukactive, along with hospitality and retail trade bodies, has called for government support to end the Covid-19 rent crisis, which is seen as one of the biggest threats to the fitness and hospitality industry, and to the future of the high street.
Global fitness event to kickstart fitness industry’s recovery
Les Mills has unveiled plans for what is expected to be the largest ever global fitness event as part of a campaign to reactivate paused members and attract new ones.
Scottish sports and leisure centres reopen next week
Leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools and sports courts in Scotland are to reopen next week (31 August) in the latest step towards a phased return of sport at all levels.