Can I still go to the gym if there’s a second lockdown?
The fitness world is a very different place since Covid-19. As we all know, this pretty much brought the planet to a standstill. Sadly many gyms were forced out of business as they lay empty and off-limits for months on end.
But the world keeps spinning and so do we. Private sales of spin bikes, exercise bikes and used gym equipment in general went through the roof. Second-hand fitness equipment sales have boomed as more and more people looked to create their own gym at home.
It has also been a great time for gym equipment dealers to sell used gym equipment, with many items massively increasing in value due to the rush on products.
But the tide is turning, and the leisure industry has come back fighting. Ever since the government announced that gyms and swimming pools can finally reopen, gyms have been busy behind the scenes ensuring everything is safe and regulation ready.
Covid-19 has devastated the fitness and leisure sector, with many businesses having zero income but still facing overhead costs.
“With government support, we can keep fitness facilities open at a time when they are needed this most.”
Some larger chain facilities, like Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness are requiring masks and have time limits on workout times and some by appointment. Many other privately owned clubs may not require masks but are following the 6-foot distancing rule by disabling every other piece of cardio machine.
Many have air scrubbers, additional measures with cleaning and disinfectant stations before you enter and when you leave the gym.
Overall the US market has taken every precaution to ensure member safety and health.
There has been a lower return rate in some regions and facilities. Some operators are doing what they can to stay open and serve their communities and seek help and support from the understanding of local governments.