The Fitness Industry in Maharashtra can look for a silver lining with Public Health minister Rajesh Tope ruling out any…
The Fitness Industry in Maharashtra can look for a silver lining with Public Health minister Rajesh Tope ruling out any further large lockdowns and readying SOP for gyms to reopen. On Wednesday, July 23, 2020 the state health minister stated his intent on reopening more sectors and there is no question of any more large-scale lockdown.
The state plans a step-by-step unlock plan starting from openings of shopping malls, allowing increased attendance in private offices and finally also reconsidering opening up of gyms across the state. Last to open in the unlock phase would be public, religious and political gatherings as they are not identified as a necessity.
Gyms, Health and Fitness centers help maintain positive mindset, resilience to stress and mental alertness. Also, majorly benefits in building immunity that is extremely essential to fight the pandemic. And hence Fitness centers across the United States, Europe, Australia, Middle East to name among the few have already re-opened to the public. And we can hope and look forward to this, in the state of Maharashtra as well. Most western countries opened gyms by June first week and Middle east by mid of June. In the month of August, we can look at developments in this area for the state of Maharashtra.
The state is currently finalizing standard operating procedures (SOP’s) to soon restart gyms and other establishments. SOP’s need to be formulated around various preventive measures and regulations with social distancing norms and precautions on use of personal protective equipment.
FitnessForce is associated with IndiaActive, an association that is fighting tirelessly to save and grow the fitness industry. IndiaActive has been formed to address the immediate & long term problems of the Fitness Industry. And during the current pandemic phase to address the issues being faced by the gyms, gym chains, stand-alone gyms, group-ex studios, functional training facilities of all formats across India in the 1st phase of unlock.
Few of the current problems of the fitness industry in the pandemic times have been identified as ongoing rents and no clarity on the future of how the fitness industry will operate in India in the new world, post Covid-19.
In countries where gyms have already re-opened, the SOP’s are laid to ensure
Likewise, while there are considerations on the Fitness Industry to re-open in the state of Maharashtra it is imperative for gyms and fitness centers to consider multiple precautions with social distancing. To include a few
Preparedness and following the SOP’s laid down by the state or central government will enable the Fitness Industry to successfully serve their gym members. If Maharashtra becomes the first state to deploy SOP’s for gyms and fitness centers, it may set precedence to the rest of the states to set similar standards.
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