Planning to Hit the Gym Soon? Here Are Some Guidelines You Must Know!
GUWAHATI: Yoga and physical activity being important for health & well-being, it has been decided to open yoga institutes and gymnasiums in Guwahati from 5 August 2020.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India has laid down the following guidelines on Preventive Measures to Contain Spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums across the country.
1. Generic Preventive Measures:
a. All yoga institutes and gymnasiums in containment zones shall remain closed for public. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open up.
b. All yoga institutes and gymnasiums shall comp, with all health related guideline/SOP/notification issued by the Union/State Government from time to time.
c. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised not to use gyms in closed spaces.
d. Organizations managing the yoga institutes and gymnasiums shall advise all members, visitors & staff accordingly.
2. Other safety measures:
i. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet as far as feasible.
ii. Use of face covers/masks is mandatory at all times within the premises. However, during yoga exercise or exercising in gymnasiums, as far as possible only a visor may be used since use of mask (in particular N-95 masks) during exercise may cause difficulty in breathing.
iii. Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be practiced wherever feasible.
iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one's mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly,
v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.
vi. Spitting should be strictly prohibited.
vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all.
3. Measures to be followed before opening the yoga institutes/gymnasiums -
Before opening the yoga institutes/gymnasiums processes & premises redesigning including proper placement of equipment must be done –
i. Plan yoga/gymnasiums floor area based on 4 metre square per person.
ii. Place equipment, including cardio and strength machines, 6 feet apart, wherever feasible, by moving equipment to facilitate social distancing
iii. Where available, utilize any outdoor space by relocating equipment outside.
iv. Create specific pathways for entering and exiting exercise areas within closed spaces using a floor or wall markings
v. Ensure queue management, inside and outside the premises, with specific markings on the floor with a gap of 6 feet.
vi. Promote card based/contact less payment.
vii. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30° C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40- 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.
viii. Limit the number of staff and members within the general gymnasium floor, specific workout areas, and change rooms by:
a. Restricting the number of members allowed in specified areas
b. Implementing fitness sessions for particular exercise areas with requirement for members to register (ideal, online) for specific sessions
ix. Lockers will remain in use, as long as social distancing is maintained.
x. Ensure dustbins and trash cans are covered at all times
xi. Spas, Sauna, Steam Bath and Swimming Pool (wherever applicable) shall remain closed.
Disinfection All areas within the premises shall be disinfected using clinically approved disinfectants. The areas to be disinfected include but are not limited to — Entrances to the premise, building, rooms.