We’ll go through the essentials for reopening your gym in a post-Covid environment now that we’ve covered the movement in industry trends for the near future. Depending on the regulations in your local area, each point will be applicable to your firm at different phases. However, preparation ahead of time will prepare you to face each phase as it arises and reopen stronger than ever.
Put yourself in a mindset of new beginnings
Consider how you started your company and how you may use some of same strategies now. Start pre-selling over the phone if possible, and get your local community excited about the reopening. As part of your pre-sales plan, you can employ both your digital and onsite offerings; creating a balance between the two is a wonderful approach to attract new members.
CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fitness studios and gyms are expected to:
- Lessen the amount of virus that settles on surfaces and objects by following a thorough cleaning schedule with soap and water to reduce the chance of exposure.
- To help reduce risk, clean surfaces and objects often touched by multiple individuals with EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19.
- If EPA-approved disinfectants aren’t available, the CDC suggests using 70 percent alcohol-based solutions or 1 gallon of water combined with 13 cup bleach. However, while producing your own cleaners, please observe their safety guidelines.
The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) also has a terrific preventative checklist, which we’ve summarized for you here:
- Before and after each lesson, high-touch surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized
- Before and after use, both members and personnel must clean the equipment
- Before entering and exiting your institution, members must sanitize their hands
- Both members and trainers should practice social distancing six feet apart
- If a member has had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they must continue virtual training until a doctor has cleared them
- Avoid circuit training, which involves numerous people touching the same piece of equipment in the same class
- To decrease exposure, consider shorter classes with fewer students
- Create separate classes for your most vulnerable members, ages 60 and up, and extend your social distance beyond 6-feet for these sessions.
In other words:
- Disinfect everything on a regular basis.
- As much touch as possible should be avoided.
- Maintain social distance by keeping class sizes between 25 and 50 percent of normal capacity.
When your local government approves fitness enterprises, you must consider all aspects of the process, including the health and safety of your employees, members, and the general public. While you may have been successful as an online gym over the last 12 months, you can now look forward to reopening — and remaining open this time. Now is the moment to get ready to make the most of both online and in-person services, and to bounce back with a stronger business than ever before.