Reopening your gym? Follow these 7 tips to keep members safe.
As you get ready to re-open your Gym, we have put together this handy list of precautions to keep your members safe & healthy.
As life is beginning to swing back into action, gyms and health clubs have also reopened with strict guidelines in place. The coronavirus pandemic has set new challenges for gyms to re-open while putting the health and safety of their customers at the forefront. Gyms have to be extra cautious due to being indoors, multiple people sharing equipment, as well as shared shower and locker rooms. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t operate successfully. With the right safety practices and a few helpful tips on disinfection and sanitization, you can get ready to welcome back your customers safely.
In this article, we will discuss the risk of coronavirus in the gym and 7 safety tips you can implement to protect your members as you re-open your business.
Understanding the risk factors.
We all know that the coronavirus spreads from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth of a person infected with COVID-19. Although there is no evidence that the virus spreads through sweat, items touched by multiple people pose a risk through shared gym equipment like dumbbells, treadmills, fitness bands and more.
Educate your cleaning staff and trainers, make a handy checklist of areas to clean, regular disinfection, temperature checks of members & staff, frequent hand washing, social distancing guidelines and more. These small steps can greatly reduce the risk factors.
Explain to your members on the precautions they can take and provide them with the necessary products, to safely resume their fitness journey.
Hand Sanitizing & Social Distancing
As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure you set strict protocols to minimize this risk factor.
Before your members enter the gym and begin working out, encourage them to use a Hand Sanitizer, keep one at the counter for them to use. Also, use a no-contact temperature checker to ensure that everyone who enters is healthy and doesn’t have a fever.
Set guidelines to maintain social distancing inside by limiting the number of people at the gym, at a time. If you run group classes, then reduce the size of the group to maintain distance. Ensure the trainers do not come in close contact with the members. Encourage the use of face shields instead of masks if possible, because using masks while workout can lead to breathing issues. Trainers and staff should wear masks if not doing strenuous workouts.
Cleaning – Sanitizing – Disinfecting: Equipment
Good cleaning practices will put you in a position to minimize risk and protect your members. You will need to carry out regular cleaning, and disinfection of equipment after each member uses it. Not just that, but also high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, handles too have to be disinfected at regular intervals.
Use Micro Sana to spray down all equipment including yoga mats, fitness bands, weights and more, after each use. Clean them with Micro Sana, a fast-acting surface disinfectant spray that kills 99.9% disease-causing bacteria and viruses in just minutes. You can use it on all types of surfaces, and anywhere you need a high level of disinfection. The formula is safe on skin and environmentally friendly too.
Mahar Glass Cleaner can be used to clean and disinfect touch screens on your equipment, just spray it and let it dry to kill 99% contaminants on the surface. It removes dirt, fingerprints, grime and more, without damaging your equipment.
Cleaning – Sanitizing – Disinfecting: Toilets
When it comes to shared washrooms you have to take the decision to either close them or put in a procedure that ensures it will be disinfected regularly. Also, allow only limited members to use and enter a space where social distancing guidelines cannot be implemented.
Since you can’t keep the toilets closed, you will need a proper checklist. Cleaning and sanitizing washrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms should be the top priority. First, clean the toilet bowls, urinals, bathroom floors and more with Sana Pine Disinfectant. This all-purpose disinfectant works fast to kill 99.9% of viruses & bacteria. It removes bad odour and leaves behind a fresh pine scent too. Then, spray Micro Sana on surfaces like doorknobs, chairs, toilet seats and other multi-touch places for complete disinfection.
Use Mahar Glass Cleaner to clean & disinfect the mirrors, glass doors and more. It effectively removes dirt, soil, grime, wax and fingerprints and more from glass, aluminium and various other surfaces. Mahar, not just cleans, but kills 99% surface contaminants too.
Spray Fresh Air, air freshener to make the washrooms and toilets smell fresh and inviting. Fresh Air is available in Red Poppy, Floral Bouquet, Blossom & Guava, White Flowers Fragrances.
Encourage Regular Hand Washing
Washing hands regularly has now become part of routine life. As mentioned above, give your members and staff easy access to hand washing and sanitizing facilities. Encourage them to wash their hands before entering, before leaving the gym and also before touching any equipment.
Ensure your soap dispensers are filled with a high-quality soap like our Shatha Liquid Hand Soap which has antibacterial properties. Our hand wash effectively removes dirt, grime or grease and also kills 99.9% viruses and bacteria. Also, remind them to most importantly not touch their face, eyes and mouth with unclean hands.
Be mindful of the symptoms
It is always crucial to be aware of the symptoms of coronavirus. Train yourself and all your staff to recognize and handle members who appear to be unwell. Educate your staff and also your members on the precautions to take and things to do. You will also need to put in place some procedures in case a member or staff tests positive for Covid-19. This may include a full closure for around 24-48 hours, plus a thorough deep clean and sanitization.
It’s good to be mindful and flexible too. If members have paid for classes or membership in advance and need to self-isolate, you can offer refunds or let them postpone classes as required. It’s essential to be flexible in the current situation and support your members’ needs.
Increase Coronavirus Communication
Last but not the least, to help your members feel confident to come back to the gym, it’s important to make them feel safe and welcome. Communicate to them all the safety procedures you have put in place, like regular disinfection, social distancing and more.
Keep them fully up-to-date on what to do, what rules to follow, what to expect and how they can protect themselves to safely resume their workouts. Use social media channels or whatsapp to convey your message effectively. The good thing is, regular communication can also encourage new members or stagnant members from resuming their workouts.
If you are looking at re-opening your health club or gym, we are sure this handy guide will help you. But go the extra step for your members and call us to do a complete deep sanitization & disinfection of your gym. We follow strict guidelines to ensure every nook and corner is disinfected thoroughly with hospital-grade disinfectants that can kill a wide range of bacteria and viruses. We offer onetime solutions and subscription models too. Contact us to know how our disinfection services can help resume your business safely.