It is safe to say that the Covid-19 outbreak has had a massive impact on the UK’s economy. Shops, restaurants, and businesses of all varieties have had to shut down, close or put in special measures to ensure the safety of our nation.
One of the biggest victims of this outbreak has been the health and fitness industry. Gyms in particular have been hit hard which has affected so many; gyms aren’t just a place to train for many, they also offer a place of sanctuary and a place to socialise.
As a leading health club commercial cleaning contractor here in the UK, we have seen firsthand the impact that this lockdown has had; however, we are sure the industry as a whole can bounce back and come back stronger than ever.
But what has to change before this happens?
In this short article, we are going to share with you all the ins and outs of the health industry, both in the present situation, but also post Covid-19 and beyond.
When Will Gyms Reopen in The UK?
Of course, we cannot be absolutely certain when gyms in the UK will reopen, however by looking at recent interviews and information coming out from the Government we have to put faith in the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been adamant from the very start of this entire situation that the special measures put upon gyms and other public facilities would be assessed every month, and the chances are that by the May 7th, the next review, we should start to see some allowances on what we can and cannot do.
Johnson explained: “The worst thing that we can do right now is to ease up too soon, and allow a second peak of the virus to hit the NHS and hit the British people.
“It would be the worst outcome not just for public health but for the economy and for our country as a whole.”
We do strongly feel that one thing is for sure: gyms and health clubs will be one of the last things to reopen following this lockdown. Simply put, gyms are always full of people, sharing the same equipment and in small spaces and so the Government may deem the reopening of them as an unnecessary risk.
However with that being said, we have every confidence that we should expect to see gyms start to reopen over the coming weeks or months.
Will Special Measures be Put In Place?
As time has gone on during the Covid-19 lockdown, we have seen special measures put into place in many shops and businesses. We are now starting to get used to seeing special markers on the floors of shops telling us how to stand and queue. Cashiers are surrounded by plastic to help prevent the spread. And even food delivery people have been trained to leave the food safely on the floor and to walk away when making deliveries.
Way before the official lockdown occurred, gyms up and down the country started to put measures in place to help protect their members. This included the removal of some equipment from gyms, and the taping up of some equipment to allow for adequate space between athletes.
We strongly believe that this will long continue when gyms reopen in the UK. Dr Norman Swan, a physician and journalist told ABC’s Coronacast that gyms could be considered as high-risk locations. He went on to say: “Dampness is a bad thing for spreading germs. You’ve got these big blokes pumping away and you never know, one of them might be a super spreader.” “It doesn’t mean you stop going to the gym, you’ve got to be super careful at the gym.”
With this in mind, we foresee that even with gyms reopening, we will see gyms still adhering to certain criteria and rules to help ensure the spread of the virus is slowed down. This could include things like:
- The removal of equipment to allow for social distancing.
- Extra cleaning and hygiene checks.
- A limit on the amount of gym users attending at any one time.
- A limit on the amount of times a member can attend in a week or a month.
- A stop on taking on new gym members.
What Should Gyms do when Reopening?
Luckily, the majority of gyms in the UK adhere to strict hygiene and cleanliness routines. These should be kept on top of, and further cleanliness is advised.
Thorough deep cleaning is certainly recommended; not only will this help you to keep on top of your gyms hygiene but will also put your members minds to rest. If you would like to find out how a deep clean can support your gym or health club post Covid-19 lock down be sure to get in touch with our team here at Otium Services.
Gyms should also be using this time to look at ways they can encourage social distancing when they reopen. This could include the removal of equipment, markers on the floors, adequate signage to encourage members to keep their distances, and measures to limit the number of members whom can use the gym at any one time.
How Will Otium Services Support Gyms Reopening?
As a leading cleaning service whom specialises in the gym and health club industry, we know that cleanliness within a gym is paramount. We have been busier than ever to support businesses to remain clean. We also envisage this to continue way after the lock down has been lifted; there is now an awareness, not just in the gym industry but within society as a whole, as to the need for us to be more clean and Otium Services are on hand to help and support businesses of any shape and size with their commercial cleaning.
If you would like to learn more about how our services can help you and your customers during this time, be sure to get in touch with our team here.
As mentioned at the start of this article, none of us can be entirely sure when gyms will reopen in the UK. However, we are confident we can start to see restrictions get lifted over the coming weeks and by being sensible and adhering to basic hygiene standards and social distancing we will all soon see an end to this. And with Otium Services on your side, you can rest assured that your gym or health club will be more than ready when your doors reopen.