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    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
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    I have been asked this question several times in the past few days, and it has taken a while to find the definitive answer:  do we need to close our in-house strata gyms and swimming pools, under the coronavirus lockdown laws?

    The government notices over the past few days didn’t mention apartment block gyms and pools although a couple …
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    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
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    Firstly, the new rules apply to commercial gyms and they are increasing the safety measures rather than closing them.

    The last time I spoke to anyone at Fair Trading about this, they said they really didn’t want to intrude into people’s homes and felt that strata residents know their own circumstances better than anyone.  And bear in mind that exercise is seen as one of the best ways of building your immunity against any virus, including Covid-19.

    In the block where I live, the key has been to maintain social distancing and cleaning.  You have to book the weights gym and there is a maximum of two people allowed at a time (including personal trainers).

    In the aerobic gym (treadmills, stationary bikes etc), there is a maximum occupancy of five,  Why the difference?  Because the machines keep you socially distanced in a way that moving around a weights gym doesn’t.

    Both gyms are deep cleaned for an hour every day, immediately after the morning peak.  Hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes and even rubber gloves are freely available in both gyms and expected to be used.

    I know of a couple of strata gyms in large blocks like ours that stayed open even when commercial gyms were closed, because they instituted similarly strict regimens.

    If you’re worried about your gyms, talk to your secretary or building manager (if you have one) about their thinking.  I’m sure some blocks are just keeping them open and leaving it up to individuals to self-police, which isn’t an ideal situation either.

    But to answer your question directly “can they close our gyms”.  If “they” is either the government or the strata committee, the answer is yes, they can.  But it will be NSW Health that issues the instructions (as they did with lifts).

    Your problem might be if you have a committee that decides it’s easier and cheaper to close the gym as a safety measure, than institute sensible restrictions.

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    #51293
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
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    Replying to your own posts is a bit like talking to yourself, but then I do that too.

    My block was today advised to close the gym, on the advice of NSW Health, who said we needed a Covid Wrangler (or something like that) if we wanted to keep the gyms open.

    A couple of hours later, NSW Health revised their advice and said the gyms could stay open.

    I think right now everyone is tending to err on the side of safety and we just have to accept that – but that shouldn’t mean shutting your facilities down just because your committee can’t think of a way of making them safe.

    #51252
    Avatartharra
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    The latest COVID-19 compliance rules relating to gyms:

    https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/new-covid-19-compliance-rules-for-nsw-gyms

    Do gyms within strata schemes fall under these rules (particularly those in large strata schemes)? We have been trying to find out but have come up with nothing. Jimmy, do you have a hotline into Fair Trading who will clear this up for us? Many thanks in advance.

    #49154
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
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    Frustrated gym bunnies might want to check out the Chris Hemsworth branded Centr online training and food programs.  The first six weeks are free unless you are a Fitness First member in which case it’s the first three months (if you get the special discount code).

    Check it out HERE. Seriously, it looks like the real deal and for some programs you don’t need much or any equipment. Perfect for home-based training.

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