Over the next several weeks, some states will begin reopening with the fitness industry at the very top of the list. Fitness enthusiasts everywhere will be eager to get back to their gyms so they can reclaim their health and a sense of normalcy. But the burning question is, will it be like it was B.C (Before COVID-19) or will there be a new normal?
As a gym owner, here’s what to expect and implement in your own gym to help ease everyone’s minds while also keeping them safe.
You’re going to hear a lot about phases. Your gym won’t reopen in full force but instead in several installments.
In the first phase, you will see some social distancing still going on. You’re likely sick of that term by now but it is crucial in stamping out the virus for good, or else, the nation risks reinfection and another quarantine.
The first phase could look like:
- A capped amount of guests each day
- Limited workout areas
- Arrows on the floors to help direct the flow of traffic
- Empty workout equipment between every person who is on a bike or treadmill, etc.
- Classes continuing to meet online, for the time being
New Employee Training
Plan a meeting with your employees before reopening. It’s okay to be honest with them if you are unsure how things will play out. This is a new situation for everyone involved.
One team building idea is to come up with a list of questions and concerns you think guests might have. Then, roleplay them together. It will help employees feel more prepared and confident and less silly when they have to say things like, “Excuse me, you need to be standing six feet apart.”
It’s no secret gyms were always one of the germiest places to hang out in. Whenever there are a bunch of people in one space, touching the same surfaces, over and over, there is bound to be germs.
We know that you know how to deep clean your gym and you take pride in doing so! But, whatever you were doing before should be ramped up now. And, don’t be shy in asking members for help. They should be willing to do their part, especially after being stuck at home for so long. They will have a newfound appreciation for being able to go to the gym again.
- Set out spray bottles and paper towels for everyone to wipe down their equipment/mats before and after each use
- Give special attention to all door handles, surfaces and bathrooms
Proper Hygiene Practices
In addition to wiping down equipment, remind everyone how important proper hygiene practices are right now. Ask them to:
- Stay home if they feel ill or have been around someone who feels ill
- Not to share towels or other personal items
- Wash their hands
- Use soap and water over hand sanitizer whenever possible
- Avoid eye rubbing and face-touching
Follow the Guidelines
Because this is an ever-evolving situation, things can change at any time. So, it’s very important to stay up to date with any news in your particular state. The President has given each Governor the ability to put their own plans in place and you need to follow their lead.