Gyms, bootcamps, and personal training

Current restrictions in force as part of Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan are outlined in the page below.

A minor change to capacity numbers for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses is scheduled to come into effect at 9am Friday 18 September, pending a successful COVID Safe Check point on Thursday 17 September. To find out more check the Summary of key changes page.

Hints on how to prepare your business, venue or facility for this change is available in our How to manage patron numbers under 25 person rule fact sheet..

What can I do?

From 9am on Friday 18 September 2020:

  • All venues, facilities and businesses can have a maximum of 25 people (excluding staff) across the whole venue regardless of their size.  Venues must still abide by their standard occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
  • Venues or businesses that want to have more than 25 people in their venue must apply the ‘one person per 4 square metres of usable space’ rule.  The maximum number of patrons permitted is 100 for each indoor space and each outdoor space.  No modifications can be made to venues.
  • Steam-based services such as saunas and steam rooms can continue to be able to open.
  • 24-hour gym facilities, can continue to operate without staff.  When unstaffed, a maximum of 25 people are permitted to be in the facility at any one time.
  • Communal facilities (such as changerooms) can remain open if a risk assessment has been done and a strict cleaning regime is put in place. This should be outlined in the COVID Safety Plan.

What can’t I do?

  • Gatherings in communal areas are discouraged.
  • A person who owns, controls or operates a non-essential business or undertaking under the Public Health Direction must not temporarily divide any usable indoor space or usable outdoor space for the purposes of calculating usable space.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Facilities must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Facilities must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue.  Gyms that provide unstaffed services must display two occupancy signs.  One during staffed hours, and then a sign advising occupancy is a maximum of 25 patrons during unstaffed periods.
  • Venues are required to ask all patrons for their first name and phone number and record it along with the date and time they attended the venue. Details should be securely destroyed after 28 days. Consider using the free Check In CBR app for a safe and easy way to capture these details.
  • Facilities should carefully manage the entry, exit and flow of visitors through their premises.
  • Patrons should be encouraged to leave the facility quickly following their training session.
  • Facilities should increase the cleaning frequency of high touch areas and restrooms.
  • Limit sharing of equipment within sessions or classes.
  • Put a process in place to ensure that shared equipment is appropriately cleaned between each use. Cleaning can be done by staff or by patrons.
  • Facilities need to have a formalised process in place to ensure shared equipment is appropriated cleaned during unstaffed hours.  This should be documented in the COVID Safety Plan, and clearly displayed throughout the facility.
  • Ensure fitness equipment is spaced 1.5 metres apart. If this is not possible, disable machines less than 1.5 metres apart.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • The public should continue to abide by the “get in, train, get out” principle and not gather in communal areas before or after training.
  • Reduce contact with other people, particularly if you are in a class and try to main physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Ensure equipment is properly cleaned before and after each use.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Download the Check In CBR app and sign into participating Canberra venues you visit.

What does the public need to know?

  • Continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes. Download the Check In CBR app to use at participating venues across Canberra.
  • Be sensible when you have people over at your residence and have your own control measures in place. Know who is there and at what times, download the COVIDSafe app, join Flu Tracker and participate in important YourSay Community Panel engagements and health surveys that will help the ACT respond the best that it can.
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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: September 18 2020