A health club operating in Teesside has revealed its intention to create a safe space against coronaviruses after the government has advised it to reopen.
Total Fitness has established reopening plans as soon as possible and developed new policies to protect customers.
As part of its vast reopening plan, it will rethink the interior design of its 17 health clubs, ensuring that all machines and equipment are positioned at least two meters from each other to comply with government directives.
They are currently testing and refining the layouts of two prototype clubs to create a master plan for all Total Fitness clubs.
Meticulous hygiene is the key to the club plan, and each gymnasium will undergo a rigorous cleaning program to ensure that all equipment and contact points are cleaned after use.
Sophie Lawler, CEO of Total Fitness, said: “The industry has long served the fight against preventable diseases and at no time, to my knowledge, has it been more important than now.
“It has been exceptionally encouraging to hear so much about physical activity since the onset of the crisis – in fact, we have talked about it more in the past seven weeks than we have done in the past seven years. .
“We applaud those who have continued to exercise and those who have joined the workforce more recently – it’s just great.
“We know from our decades of experience as health club operators that exercising alone at home is not the complete solution to achieving lasting lifestyle change and that the vast majority of people need additional support, namely variety, commitment to visits and social connection.
“From the start of the closure, the entire sector came together – in the spirit of the fitness community – to co-create a unilateral protocol to reopen safely on the other side.
“Led by our representative organization for the ukactive sector, we have a solid set of guidelines for safe operations to which we are all committed.
“The health club sector is uniquely positioned to help support the fight against COVID-19, and Total Fitness is absolutely the best placed to do so. This sector is undoubtedly part of the solution.”
She added: “Total Fitness health clubs have large-scale facilities that allow for a wide variety, space and social connection, giving us the opportunity to reopen safely and provide the additional motivators necessary to keep our members physically and mentally resilient. “
The plans include an overstaffing of its open spaces to monitor social distance and allow all members to exercise safely.
The increase in membership will provide members with additional support and will also ensure that cleaning procedures are performed regularly.
He will also revise his lesson schedule to guarantee a longer execution time than necessary between each lesson, which allows for thorough cleaning procedures.
Group exercise classes will not function beyond 50% of their capacity, to guarantee compliance with social distancing measures.
The company will also work on social distancing measures by the pool and also in the changing rooms to minimize footsteps and keep people moving.
However, the squash and heat treatment rooms must remain closed until they can reopen safely.
Total Fitness operates a gymnasium on Teesside and is based on Middlesbrough Road in Thornaby.