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NSW gyms remain shut despite rest of Australia opening fitness centres

No timetable is in place for re-opening gyms and fitness centres in NSW, despite up to 50 people being allowed in cafes, restaurants and pubs from June 1. 

In a shock move, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday gyms won’t open in the ‘foreseeable future’ – putting more pressure on an industry that’s been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown. 

The gym and fitness industry, which is worth about $2.4 billion to the Australian economy, has been slammed by the lockdown since Scott Morrison ordered them to close on midday, March 23, along with all pubs, clubs and restaurants. 

More than two months on and there is still no clear way out for gyms in NSW – despite Ms Berejiklian’s deputy premier, John Barilaro, saying last week that they may reopen ‘in the next month or so’.

Ms Berejiklian’s remarks come as all other states and territories have already reopened gyms, or at the very least have set a time frame for when they will. 

Gyms and fitness centres are no closer to re-opening in NSW, despite up to 50 people being allowed through the doors at cafes, restaurants and pubs, and all other states and territories doing so or at least setting a time frame for when they will

Boot camps and team sports recommenced last week, however gyms, pools and other fitness centres fall into stage two of the federal government's plan to restart Australia - which is yet to be rolled out in NSW

Boot camps and team sports recommenced last week, however gyms, pools and other fitness centres fall into stage two of the federal government’s plan to restart Australia – which is yet to be rolled out in NSW

Mets Analin has more than 4,000 members at Titan Fitness in Sydney’s east and said the constant delays were ‘deflating’. 

‘They’re opening beauty salons, and hairdressers never closed, while pubs will be allowed to reopen with 50 customers,’ Mr Analin told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Then to hear that today (that there’s no set timeline).. it’s a bit deflating. 

‘I’ve got a café around the corner where they’re allowing more people to sit inside then can come into my much bigger gym.

‘If you’re going to open us up last, give us a timeline, don’t leave us out in the lurch, because we’ve got members that want to come back in.’

More than 6.8 million people across Australia regularly use fitness centres and gyms.

It is the second most popular type of sport or recreation, just behind walking with 8.7 million participants.

Gyms, pools and other fitness centres fall into stage two of the federal government’s plan to restart Australia, while boot camps and team sports recommenced last week.

Mets Analin (right) has more than 4,000 members at Titan Fitness in Sydney's east and said the constant delays were 'deflating'

Mets Analin (right) has more than 4,000 members at Titan Fitness in Sydney’s east and said the constant delays were ‘deflating’

Gyms and fitness centres are used by more than 6.8 million people across Australia and are worth about $2.4 billion to the Australian economy, but were shut on March 23. They opened again in the Northern Territory (pictured) on May 15 - the same day pubs, cafes and restaurants resumed

Gyms and fitness centres are used by more than 6.8 million people across Australia and are worth about $2.4 billion to the Australian economy, but were shut on March 23. They opened again in the Northern Territory (pictured) on May 15 – the same day pubs, cafes and restaurants resumed

Outdoor pools (pictured) have re-opened in some states, but indoor pools remain shut. Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish said he believes fitness centres pose less of a health risk than pubs, cafes or restaurants

Outdoor pools (pictured) have re-opened in some states, but indoor pools remain shut. Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish said he believes fitness centres pose less of a health risk than pubs, cafes or restaurants

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday morning that fitness centres will not reopen in the 'foreseeable future'

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday morning that fitness centres will not reopen in the ‘foreseeable future’

In the Northern Territory they reopened on May 15 – the same day as pubs and cafes – and in Western Australia on May 18.

Victoria plans to lift fitness restrictions on June 1, South Australia will follow suit from June 8 and Tasmania on June 15.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,118

New South Wales: 3,090

Victoria: 1,605

Queensland: 1,056

Western Australia: 564

South Australia: 439

Tasmania: 228

Australian Capital Territory: 107

Northern Territory: 29

TOTAL CASES: 7,118

RECOVERED: 6,531

DEATHS: 102

Ms Berejiklian was pressed on when people in her state would be able to get back to the gym, but still she refused to commit to a date.

‘Look we’re still working with industry on that… obviously frequent use of equipment at short intervals poses a health risk,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘We are not in a position to make an announcement yet.’ 

Her refusal to further lift restrictions comes despite just three new cases across NSW on the weekend.

Only one person in NSW is currently on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. 

Mr Analin said he and his Titan Fitness team have been planning how to best reopen ever since they were forced to shut their doors on March 23.

He said plans had already been drawn up so that members could book in at a certain time to ensure the gym was never over capacity.

Temperature checks would also be carried out at the entrance. 

‘We’ve planned for all the sanitising, measuring people’s temperatures and spacing out all the equipment – we’ve done all of that, we’ve prepared all of that, right since the start,’ Mr Analin said.

A group of 10 incredibly eager Irish mates paid $1000 to have The Corner House Hotel in Bondi to themselves on May 15, the day COVID-19 restrictions were eased in New South Wales

A group of 10 incredibly eager Irish mates paid $1000 to have The Corner House Hotel in Bondi to themselves on May 15, the day COVID-19 restrictions were eased in New South Wales

Pubs, cafes and restaurants in NSW will soon be able to have up to 50 people dining in, but gyms and pools will remain shut

Pubs, cafes and restaurants in NSW will soon be able to have up to 50 people dining in, but gyms and pools will remain shut 

Australia's deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said the number of daily cases is so low it is no longer acceptable to stop people exercising

Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said the number of daily cases is so low it is no longer acceptable to stop people exercising

‘I was just telling my staff this morning, let’s get ready. Let’s make sure we are doing the right things, let’s make sure we meet the guidelines and get our systems ready and processes in place.

‘We’ve got to plan it all again now – how many times are we going to have to plan?’   

Fitness Australia CEO Barrie Elvish told The ABC he believes gyms pose less of a risk than pubs, cafes or restaurants.  

‘Because of the misguided belief gyms are high risk, the industry has a greater incentive than any other industry to make sure their facility and staff follow and enforce a strict COVID Safety Plan,’ Mr Elvish said. 

His sentiments were echoed by Australia’s deputy chief medical officer, who said the number of daily cases is so low it is no longer acceptable to stop people exercising. 

‘With cases only in single digits on a daily basis now, we need to start doing the other things that make us healthy, like getting back into our sport and getting the gyms open,’ Dr Nick Coatsworth told Sunrise.

The three-step plan to relaxing lockdown in Australia 

 STAGE 1

* Five visitors allowed at home

* Gatherings of up 10 in business and public places

* Work from home if it works for you and your employer

* Small restaurants, cafes and shopping open

* Home sales and in-person auctions resume

* Children back in classrooms

* Libraries, community centres, playgrounds and outdoor boot camps open

* Local and regional travel resume 

 STAGE 2

* Gatherings of 20 people in your home, business and public places

* Work from home if it works for you and your employer

* Gyms, beauty, cinemas, galleries and amusement parks open with COVID-safe plans 

* Organised community sport allowed

* Caravan and camping grounds reopen

* Some interstate travel

* States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances

STAGE 3

* Gatherings of up to 100 people

* Return to workplaces

* Pubs, clubs, nightclubs, food courts, saunas and some gaming venues open

* All interstate travel resumes

* Consider cross-Tasman, Pacific island and international students travel

* States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances 

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