Here are the changes coming to Toronto gyms once they reopen

Jun 9 2020, 5:49 pm

Although Toronto hasn’t yet been included in the province’s Stage 2 of reopening this week, there will be some changes in the city’s gyms, once they are able to open again.

GoodLife Fitness and Planet Fitness are two gyms in Toronto with multiple locations, that have both offered online workouts but are also getting measures in place before reopen their doors.

GoodLife has said that they are monitoring all federal and provincial guidelines. They have also said that reopening dates will depend on a number of factors including the stage each region is at, information and guidelines released by public health authorities and the full implementation of the “GoodLife Standard.”

Here is how GoodLife Fitness plans proceed upon reopening:

The club is introducing new cleaning practices and protocols. Some of these protocols include an investment that has been made into 300 “Victory Electrostatic Sprayers” so that each gym will have its own device. They have said that this will ensure “all our clubs receive a comprehensive thorough cleaning every day.”

There will be 30 minutes of dedicated cleaning time after every hour of member activity.

All employees will also be required to wear masks. Group fitness instructors who are actively teaching a class will be exempt.

Employees will also be adopting a “constantly clean” mindset, according to GoodLife. This is to help ensure that special attention is given to high-touch surfaces.

One of the ways that they plan to achieve safety and “exceptional experience” is by encouraging members to book workouts ahead of time, to help gyms to maintain a preset capacity. They have said that it will also help to promote physical distancing and reduce the potential spread of illnesses.

Walk-ins will be permitted if the club has available capacity.

Members can book workouts up to seven days in advance to their club reopening. Members will be permitted to book into the general workout area, group fitness studios, cycling studios, and the for-women portion of the gym. Each time-slot is one hour long and it is permitted to book into one slot per day.

Personal training sessions will continue to be booked by trainers. Remote personal training will also be offered.

Upon arrival at GoodLife, members will be required to line-up outside. There will be designated waiting areas.

GoodLife has said that all memberships will not be charged until clubs are reopened. They have also said that they will be emailing their guests more information at least two weeks before reopening dates.

Reduced amenities will also be put into place on a club-by-club basis, depending on size.

Each member is encouraged to bring a pre-filled water bottle. Water fountains inside of the facility will be available for bottle filling but members will not be allowed to drink directly out of the fountains.

Some amenities that will remain closed upon reopening include showers, hot yoga, massage chairs, pools, and towel service.

All fans will also be turned off to prevent any unnecessary air movement.

Here is a plan for how Planet Fitness will proceed upon reopening:

Planet Fitness has said that team members will receive daily temperature checks upon arrival to their shifts, increased and thorough cleaning will be conducted, and new signs will be placed throughout their gyms that will highlight their “Social Fitnessing” guidelines.

The gym said it will be providing members with touchless check-in. This is to avoid unnecessary contact.

Some cardio and strength machines will not be open so that there will be more room for members.

Planet Fitness will be stocking cleaning stations with paper towels and disinfectant spray. They have said that hand sanitizer stations will be replenished regularly.

The gym is also recommending that members wash their hands before and after working out and wipe down equipment before and after each use.

They also ask that all members maintain physical distance, stay home if sick, and give encouragement without touching.

Employees will be provided with personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Each employee will also have their temperature taken upon arrival at their shift.

They have said that members will not be charged for memberships while their gym is closed.

All Toronto needs now is the gym and fitness centres opening date.

Irelyne LaveryIrelyne Lavery

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