Is it safe to go back to the gym?
Any infectious disease is always a health concern, but given the contagious nature of COVID-19, the coronavirus outbreak has changed the way that many of us do business and go about our daily lives. While there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel, health and safety will continue to be a concern in the coming months.
A lot of people are ready to return to the gym, but they’re concerned with maintaining proper disease control and prevention guidelines. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that Fitness 360 has made it safe to go back to our fitness centers and what you can do to stay safe.
How Fitness 360 Is Keeping You Safe
Our fitness center in Palm Harbor is doing whatever it can to reduce risks of infection, which includes following accepted guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control. Here are some of the ways that we’re keeping our workout community safe.
The coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets that are expelled when we speak, cough, and sneeze. Our facility supports health guidelines that include social distancing and wearing face masks that reduce transmission.
The fewer people that are inside a facility at one time, the less chance that the virus will be able to spread from person to person. Therefore, we have reduced the maximum occupancy of our facility to reduce the spread.
One of the symptoms of the coronavirus is a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Each person’s temperature will be checked upon arrival.
Any guests who exceed that temperature will not be permitted. Any employee will be sent home until their temperature is normal again.
Although the virus does not seem to live on most surfaces for very long, there’s still a possibility. Fitness 360 has always maintained meticulous cleaning, but we’ve been able to exceed even our high standards.
Hand Sanitizer Stations
Hand sanitizer effectively kills the virus upon contact. Our fitness center has hand sanitizer stations available and we implore you to use them when you arrive, throughout your visit, and when you leave.
Areas that promote groups of people to be gathered together will be either closed or limited. This includes showers, changing areas, and shared locker rooms. Some activities may be limited as well, such as group fitness workouts.
What You Can Do to Stay Safe, Too
As a matter of public health, it’s important that you take it upon yourself to stay safe from the coronavirus. Here are a few things that you can do while at the gym to reduce the risk of infection:
Wear a Face Mask
Face masks have proven to reduce the chance of respiratory droplets making their way to another person. Whenever you’re in the fitness center, be sure to wear a face mask for your own safety and the safety of others.
Staying at least six feet apart from other people as often as you can is even more effective than wearing face masks. We implore you to do your part and socially distance as much as possible while you’re inside the gym so that everyone feels safe.
Wash Your Hands
They say that cleanliness is next to godliness, and right now, it could save you from getting sick. Whenever you use the restroom or finish a workout, take the time to thoroughly wash your hands.
Use Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is so effective at killing viruses that the coronavirus caused a shortage for a while. In addition to washing your hands, routinely use hand sanitizer for extra safety against getting sick. As we indicated above, hand sanitizer stations will be available, so please take advantage of them.
Wipe Down Machines
Wiping down a machine has always been the courteous thing to do, but now it’s even more important. Each time you finish using a piece of equipment, wipe off any areas where a part of your body came into contact with it.
If you bring any gym bags, clothes, towels, or other items from home, please make sure that they’ve been disinfected. Although the chance of transmission is low, this will further keep everyone safe.
Contact Fitness 360 for More Information if You’re Asking “Is it safe to go back to the gym?”
Adding to our reputation as the most comprehensive Palm Harbor fitness center, we’re dedicated to keeping our workout community safe. If you have any questions about our safety protocols, personal training, Les Mills classes, or other programs, give us a call at (727) 797-5100 today to claim your $4 enrollment!