In accordance with the gradual easing of restrictions related to the COVID (19) Pandemic in Australia the State Government have provided recommendations for the staged return to fitness and leisure activities.
Fitness Australia have provided us guidance on how our staff and members are going to safely return to the gym.
Failure to comply with the processes, procedures and new club rules will result in staff or members being banned from the gym. Everyone needs to play their part in reducing the rate of transmission of COVID (19) in the workplace and the community.
The Key recommendations by Public Health Authorities to control the transmission of Coronavirus are: -
In accordance Public Health directives and within Step 3 of the Easing of restrictions in VIC Indoor gyms and fitness spaces will be able to open for up to 20 people, with a maximum of ten per space and a density of one person per 8 square metres.
This will allow all persons to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from any other person whilst working or using fitness facilities. All equipment has been spaced out to at least 1.5 m. Safety Markers , signage , temporary fencing has been erected throughout the Gym to achieve this social distancing.
Personal hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting is a Public Health recommendation to minimise the transmission of the virus. The virus can be transmitted from the environment to people when they touch infected items and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes.
Frequent hand washing of hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser, regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and items handled by any individuals will reduce transmission of the virus within the workplace. Again signage has been placed throughout the club to achieve this.
To achieve effective hygiene in the workplace we have implemented the following steps –
4. Face Masks to be warn at all time,
Masks are to be warn at all times with limited exceptions which are listed below. Any activity not listed in the exemptions is required to wear a mask at all times.
(1) You are not required to wear a mask when using a stationary cardio machines at a strenuous intensity (Above walking intensity)
(2) During instructed Boot camp classes or Instructed Boot camp Personal Training Sessions, During these Boot camp Classes and Boot camp Personal Training Sessions the Boot camp area will be restricted to only those being instructed.
Those participating in the activities that are exempt to wearing a mask, you are required to wear a mask up until your activity starts and once again required to put your mask back on immediately when activity ceases.
There is to be No movement out side of the Boot camp area with out a mask for example If you are in a Boot camp class and need to attend the bathroom you are required to put on a mask before exiting the Boot camp area.
Further information about the standards expected can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/cleaning-prevent-spread-covid-19
Public Health Authorities advise all people to stay at home if they are unwell or display any symptoms of COVID (19) Infection.
If a staff member presents at work with any symptoms of COVID (19) they will be asked to leave work immediately and to seek medical advice.
A Key component of managing the COVID (19) Pandemic is contact tracing. Contact tracing will be conducted by Vic DHHS and management will be prepared to give them access to our club database and records.
In order to assist VIC DHHS in contact tracing Bens Army will :-
In addition to the recommendations set out by Fitness Australia – Bens Army have put a few extra innovative measures in place to protect their members and staff :-