What can I do?
- From 12 noon on Friday 19 June 2020, gyms, health clubs, fitness centres and boot camps can now operate with a maximum of 100 people (including staff or trainers) per indoor or outdoor space, or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser.
- Communal facilities (such as changerooms) can 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.
- Patrons are allowed to resume circuit training, individual weight training and use of gym equipment.
What can’t I do?
- Gatherings in communal areas are discouraged.
- Steam-based services such as saunas and steam rooms are to remain closed.
What are my responsibilities?
- Facilities must be staffed at all times.
- Facilities need a COVID Safety Plan.
- Facilities 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 can be safely destroyed after 28 days.
- 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.
- 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” principal 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.
What does the public need to know?
- Restrictions are easing but your responsibility hasn’t.
- 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.
- You should also download the COVIDSafe app and ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes.
- 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.
What is an indoor space?
An indoor space means an area, room or premises that is substantially enclosed by a roof and walls (of solid construction and stretching from floor to ceiling), regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are:
- Permanent or temporary; or
- Open or closed
A business may have several indoor spaces which can then permit up to 100 people per space, or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser. The definition of ‘indoor space’ must be observed, as does the requirement for one person per 4 square metres.
An area that is a combined indoor/outdoor space (that is, where there is no physical separation between the two spaces) is to be regarded as one space.
Can classes run in separate indoor areas within the gym?
Yes, as long as the total number of people within each indoor area does not exceed 100 people (including staff and any other personnel ), or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser. This will mean that smaller gyms will still need to limit the capacity of people in their facilities.
Individuals should also keep 1.5 metres between each other and practise good hygiene.
Are there any restrictions on filming training or exercise videos?
Exercise and fitness routines can be filmed as long as physical distancing restrictions are respected.
Instructors should stay 1.5 metres apart from each other and from any participants when making training or exercise videos and cannot share any gym equipment.
Can I set up an outdoor gym or commando course for my personal training and/or boot camp sessions?
Yes, but sharing of equipment and use of high-touch surfaces should be kept to a minimum.
Shared equipment and high-touch surfaces will require proper cleaning and disinfecting between uses.
What level of contact is permitted?
Full-contact training is allowed.
However, it is good practice to minimise direct contact wherever possible.
Does the maximum of 100 per indoor space for gyms and indoor sporting venues apply to venues of all sizes?
Yes, but the maximum number of people allowed within any given indoor space may be smaller than 100, based on the one person per 4 square metre rule.
Can individual patrons use machines and equipment (for example free weights) outside of a class?
Yes, individual use of weights and fitness equipment is allowed.
Businesses should implement clear procedures for staff and patrons to ensure equipment is appropriately cleaned between uses.
Regular and thorough cleaning of gym equipment reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Can saunas or steam rooms reopen?
Not at this time.
Can the gym in my apartment complex reopen?
Yes. However, the operator of the gym should ensure policies and procedures are in place to ensure equipment is wiped down and disinfected between uses.
Can 24 hours gyms reopen?
Yes. There is no restriction on the time that gyms may reopen. However, gyms must have at least one staff member on duty at all times when those premises are open.