Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Fitness Australia counters ‘misinformation’ that suggests gyms are a hotspot for COVID-19

Fitness Australia counters ‘misinformation’ that suggests gyms are a hotspot for COVID-19
August 13, 2020

Fitness Australia has today moved to counter what it refers to as “misinformation, uninformed sources and negative commentary” that it feels is portraying health and fitness facilities as ‘hotspots’ for COVID-19.

Mindful that such commentary is resulting in some people being too scared to exercise at their local gym, Fitness Australia has gathered data from a random sample of NSW fitness facility operators to prove gyms are safe.

Gathered over the two months since gyms reopened from the state’s Coronavirus lockdown, the survey shows more than 6.26 million check-ins across 423 NSW gyms - with no recorded transmission.

Highlighting that the survey proves gyms are safe and the additional hygiene measures facilities are taking to ensure member safety, Fitness Australia Chief Executive, Barrie Elvish stated “these additional practices, that the industry is doing off their own back, are working - to prove that we’ve gathered data from across the state that shows there have been more than 6.26 million check-ins across 423 gyms since they reopened in NSW on 13 June.

“During that same period there have been zero cases of reported community transmission in a gym.

“The same cannot be said for restaurants or bars in NSW where cluster cases have started and spread. However, gyms are still being categorised with these and other entertainment venues and cast in a negative light.”

The Fitness Australia data has been validated by electronic swipes, used by all members for access, which also provides for sophisticated contact tracing should it be required.

Elvish said despite the additional precautions, hygiene practices and other initiatives many gyms across NSW are enforcing to protect their members and staff, gyms are continually being labelled by commentators as ‘hotspots’ for COVID-19.

A frustrated Elvish added “while we acknowledge there has been 13 reported cases where a member has visited the gym while infected, health authorities have not specifically identified any cases of transmission in a gym.

“Our industry knows how important it is to keep members and staff safe while using the gym, which is why owners and operators all over the state are going above what is required by law and putting additional health and safety practices in place.

“However, gyms are still unfairly being categorised as ‘hotspots’ for the spread of COVID-19. It’s inaccurate and is hurting the industry.”

Elvish said gyms and personal trainers played a very important role in helping people maintain their mental health, strengthen their immune function, and overall wellbeing and called on governments to engage the industry positively rather than label it negatively.

He concluded “since the beginning of COVID-19, Fitness Australia has been focused on promoting the important role the fitness industry plays in the overall health of our nation.

“We are not part of the problem; we are actually part of the solution to getting more Australians more active more often and help prevent long-term lifestyle-related disease.”

“Rather than referencing sources who incorrectly label gyms a ‘hotspot’, we are urging the government to work with Fitness Australia, and the industry, to ensure the health and safety of the community, surely an essential outcome,  remains a priority - now and in the future.”

Images: Cleaning activity at a Fitness First facility (top, courtesy of Fitness First Australia) and Barrie Elvish (below).

Related Articles

13th August 2020 - Les Mills plans to activate fitness industry’s COVID-19 recovery with global campaign

12th August 2020 - Industry leaders to help develop new Business of Fitness event

12th August 2020 - Snap Fitness reports rise in club memberships following COVID lockdown

11th August 2020 - Fitness facilities at the crossroads and demanding new approaches

9th August 2020 - Gym owner calls for online protest over new NSW fitness club regulations

7th August 2020 - Fitness First introduces attendee temperature checks at NSW clubs

6th August 2020 - Blue Magic Supply launch new sanitising products for fitness and sport industry

5th August 2020 - The Y announces opening date for Oberon’s new indoor fitness centre

31st July 2020 - Melbourne gym hosts anti-mask conspiracy theorists meeting

31st July 2020 - FILEX to return as organisers commit to future fitness trade show

29th July 2020 - OneMusic introduces fee relief for customers in the fitness and wellbeing sector

19th July 2020 - Without JobKeeper 60% of Australian fitness businesses will close in less than a month

17th July 2020 - Reopening approved for Plus Fitness Campbelltown following temporary COVID-19 closure

16th July 2020 - Planet Fitness takes ‘vigorous steps’ to limit community transmission of Coronavirus

15th July 2020 - Campbelltown Aquafit assures members with recognition of its ‘Gold Standard’ COVID-19 compliance

13th July 2020 - Fitness clubs use Evolt 360 Body Scanners to help members achieve their goals

1st July 2020 - Temperature screening system launched to help safeguard sports and fitness clubs against COVID-19 transmission

15th June 2020 - Fitness Australia calls for national consistency in state government gym reopenings

14th June 2020 - Australian Institute of Fitness’ Steve Pettit says industry ‘will never look the same as it did pre COVID-19’

11th June 2020 - Fitness First to reopen NSW gyms from Saturday

29th May 2020 - Planet Fitness Australia founder calls on governments to ‘open our gyms’

7th April 2020 - Two-thirds of the world’s fitness clubs are currently closed


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business