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Fitness Australia applauds NSW Government’s relaxation of gym COVID Marshal measures
Fitness Australia has applauded yesterday's decision by the NSW Government to relax the COVID Marshal requirements for gyms.
The announcement (which takes effect from tomorrow - Friday 23rd October) follows months of ongoing engagement between Fitness Australia and the NSW Government to ensure gyms can operate while ensuring the health and safety of members and staff.
The easing will require fitness facilities to only have a COVID Marshal in attendance if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time.
Advising that the move has been welcomed by the industry, Fitness Australia Chief Executive, Barrie Elvish (pictured) advised “we are thrilled with yesterday’s announcement by the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on the easing of COVID Marshal requirements for gyms. This is a an extremely successful outcome of our continued collaboration with the NSW Government to work through options for the fitness industry that not only allow people to safely exercise in a fitness facility but also ensure the commercial viability of thousands of businesses.
“The relaxation of COVID Marshals means gyms can now sustainably operate during their usual hours of operation. This is especially important for 24-hour gyms, which can now provide a round-the-clock safe service without the added cost of employing a COVID Marshal to be in attendance at all times.
“Gyms and fitness facilities will still be required to have a COVID Marshal during ‘peak’ times when there are more than 20 people in the gym.”
Fitness Australia has been working collaboratively with the NSW Government, including NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and the NSW Ministry of Health, during the pandemic to represent its members and ensure the industry has input and consultation on a range of COVID-Safe protocols and requirements.
Elvish added “it’s fantastic to be working effectively with the Government and the NSW Ministry of Health on developing and implementing COVIDSafe practices that protect our community while allowing them to go about their usual lives as much as possible.”
21st October 2020 - NSW Government advises easing of gym Coronavirus restrictions
20th October 2020 - ExerciseNZ cites growing evidence gyms and fitness clubs are safe
19th October 2020 - Reopened fitness clubs see more than two-thirds of members return
13th October 2020 - Vic Active continues to call for reopening of indoor fitness centres
8th October 2020 - Fitness Australia releases research showing impact of lockdown gym closures
7th October 2020 - Fitness Australia Chief Executive slams ‘potentially damaging’ FITREC claims
2nd October 2020 - Fitness Australia calls for COVID Marshal overhaul in NSW
25th September 2020 - Fitness Australia asserts there is no clear evidence gyms spread COVID -19
25th September 2020 - NSW Government relaxes restrictions for cinemas, events, sport and theatre
29th July 2020 - NSW Government announces all gyms must be staffed at all times
11th June 2020 - Fitness First to reopen NSW gyms from Saturday
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