Fitness fanatics will be forced to BOOK time slots in gyms, with showers banned and strict one-hour workout limits when they finally reopen
- Customers will need to book ahead to train when gyms reopen next month
- Booking ahead is necessary to keep within the 20-person limit at many gyms
- Showers will be banned while some gyms will enforce one-hour training limits
- Gyms in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania will reopen in June
- In the Northern Territory and Western Australia, gyms have been open since May
- NSW and the ACT are the only states yet to announce when gyms will reopen
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Fitness fanatics will be forced to book time slots to train with strict one-hour workout limits once gyms reopen thanks to ongoing COVID-19 rules.
Showers will also be banned when tough restrictions come into place as gyms in South Australia partially reopen on June 1, as will water bubblers.
Similar limits are being considered across the country, as the industry tentatively reopens after the coronavirus pandemic.
A maximum of 20 customers will be allowed in the gym at a time provided they stay 1.5 metres apart and have four square metres each to adhere to social distancing.
Classes will also be affected, with a maximum limit of ten people at a time, and again with strict social distancing protocols.
To ensure the 20-person limit is not exceeded, gym members have to book in before training, which could prove difficult as high demand is expected once gyms reopen.
A woman works out at a gym in Darwin, where restrictions have been lifted, on May 15 (pictured). A number of restrictions will be in place when the rest of Australia follows suit
Once they arrive, people will be required to provide their name, phone number and email address so they can be contacted by health authorities in case of an outbreak at the gym.
A one-hour workout limit will be enforced by certain gyms but the practice will vary from business to business.
‘Communal changing rooms, shower facilities are not permitted to be used and must remain closed,’ the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions read.
Water bubblers will also be out of use, meaning people should fill up their bottles prior to their workout.
Two other states opened gyms before SA. In the Northern Territory, gyms have been open without restrictions since May 15.
A woman gets in her final training session before gyms closed. When gyms reopen for SA, customers will book ahead and not be able to use showers, while some gyms will have one-hour limits on workouts
From May 18, Western Australia opened its gyms to 20 or less people at a time.
Shared equipment is not allowed and those doing yoga or pilates are encouraged to bring their own mats.
Meanwhile in Queensland, up to 20 people will be able to train in gyms from June 13 with Tasmania following suit on June 15.
In Victoria, gyms will reopen to up to 20 people at a time on June 22.
NSW and the ACT are the two remaining states that are yet to announce when gyms will reopen.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday said gyms won’t open in the ‘foreseeable future’ due to their ‘health risk’.
A man is seen hitting the gym in Darwin on May 15 (pictured) after they were opened across the Northern Territory
‘Look we’re still working with industry on that… obviously frequent use of equipment at short intervals poses a health risk,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said SA is in an ‘enviable position’ compared to other states because of ‘the commitment of South Australians’.
‘This is an important step supporting the wellbeing of South Australians who will now be able to participate in many of the activities they have not been able to enjoy since the pandemic struck,’ Mr Wade said on Monday.
‘It is important that we continue to follow the health advice as we transition towards our next steps to ensure there are no obstacles on the road to health and economic recovery.’
SA has had 440 total cases of COVID-19, of which 435 have recovered and four have died. The state recorded one new case on Tuesday, which is its only active case.
A man gets in his last gym session before coronavirus lockdown, (pictured on March 23 in Sydney) with gyms across the country closed since late March