Although gyms were excluded from the list of leisure sector businesses able to reopen on 4th July as coronavirus restrictions are eased, Wilmslow headquarted fitness chain, Total Fitness, has released a video to show the social distancing measures expected to be in place when its sites can reopen.
The fitness chain is proposing a number of changes to keep staff and customers as safe as possible when its health clubs, in Wilmslow and across the North of England, are able to reopen.
Total Fitness is planning to implement all the guidelines devised by the industry body, UK Active, to allow it to reopen, as well as additional measures for areas where social distancing or enhanced cleaning is not possible; these include reducing sizes of exercise classes and keeping squash courts and heat treatment rooms closed.
Previously, Total Fitness has outlined that it is well-placed to deploy social distancing measures its health clubs, due to their above average floorspace.
The Wilmslow fitness chain has also implemented a freeze on membership payments while its health clubs remain closed and extending contracts for pre-paid members.
Sophie Lawler, CEO of Total Fitness, said:
The Health club industry is highly professionalised and had always been at the forefront of the fight against preventable disease in the UK. It’s more important than ever that this valuable sector is again able to serve its members and at Total Fitness this is our number one priority.
“This is why we’ve been working hard in the background to plan a confident, safe and assured reopening with: contactless entry and exit; super-scale facilities in which our members can maintain social distance well, and; bookable services (gym floor, studio and poolside) to help members who would like surety around their visit and to also help us manage capacity and foot flow around our clubs preventing congestion in common areas.”