PureGym, the UK's biggest gym chain, with over a million members, have shown us images of what their gyms will look like when they reopen.
You can see that the days where benches are strewn everywhere and equipment lies discarded on the floor are gone. Instead PureGym has drawn boxes around its benches and floor space to encourage gym goers to keep them where they are and to ensure the people who will be using them are at a safe distance away from each other.
In the group class space, more boxes on the floor delineate where gym-goers can safely work out, while the gym has also put up signs that remind people to keep their distance, wash their hands and clean down kit.
“PureGym has been working in close consultation with UK Active and the Government to layout re-opening protocols, which will ensure we create a safe place to work and a safe place to work out when we re-open our doors.
"We will provide highly sanitised facilities for the safety of our members and staff through enhanced cleaning and disinfection regimes. Our equipment will be spread out and user numbers will be monitored and limited to ensure safe distances are maintained. Our new safety protocols are already in place in Switzerland, where we have re-opened gyms, and we’ve received approval from local authorities and positive feedback from our members," a spokesperson for PureGym told Men's Health.
"We recognise the positive role PureGym can play in supporting the health of the nation and our members’ desire to build gym workouts back into their lifestyles and look forward to welcoming our members back soon.”
In addition to those measures, PureGym have also revealed to Men's Health that they will:
- Put a limit on the number of people in the gym and those permitted in its classes
- Ask people to pre-book allotted times to workout, using the PureGym app, rather than just having them walk-in
- Prohibit ‘pair-training’ or ‘spotting’ and encourage ‘lighter-load’ exercise to prevent heavy breathing
- Follow government guidance on wearing of masks for staff and members
- Consider closing the facility if local risk levels are in the ‘red zone’
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