Safety regulations in gyms and fitness studios during Phase 2: Limited pax, virtual check-ins, and more
It's been less than a week since Phase 2 started, but gyms have already started seeing their individual tribes streaming in again. While some may choose to get their workouts done from the comfort of their own homes (a habit developed from the circuit breaker), it's still hard to beat out the experience of actually being inside a studio with a professional physically present. There's something really motivating about the rubbery floors, fellow attendees decked out in form-fitting activewear, and that formidable sound system.
Of course, life back in the gym won't be the same for a while. Here's what Phase 2's set of restrictions will bring about — in order to make working out a safe affair.
Keep your distance
Social distancing has been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it's crucial for us to practice social distancing measures wherever we go, for your own wellbeing and that of others. Maintain at least a 1-metre distance from others at all times (even if you see your best gym buddy walk in, fight the urge to give them that greeting hug) and you'll be doing more than enough to keep yourself and others protected.
Masks are mandatory, but not while exercising
We're not sure who prefers to exercise with a mask on, given how stuffy it can get. Good news, though: gyms don't make it compulsory for you to don a face mask while you're exercising. Just be sure to put your mask on whenever you're done with your gym session. But if you want to feel extra secured, feel free to slip on your own, as long as that works for you.
Remember to check in and out
You may be familiar with the sight of the new SafeEntry QR codes plastered over doors and windows when you're out. These QR codes allow for better contact-tracing within the community, and serves as the national check-in system to monitor visitor movements and ensure crowd control. Some 16,000 places in Singapore have already started using this system, so using your phones to scan in and out every time you visit or leave a place will be the new normal.
Sanitise before and after
With shared gym equipment thrown in the mix, there's always a risk. Disinfectant sprays will be at your disposal, as provided by your gym or studio, so make sure to do a proper wipe-down before and after your session. The same goes for your own hands, pack a small bottle of your own sanitiser in your gym bag for double the coverage.
Look for other alternatives to wash or clean up
To ensure maximum hygiene, gyms have yet to reopen their shower facilities. So be sure to shower before you head to the gym, and head back home after gymming to do the same. Wiping off sweat from your forehead or your face with your hands is also strongly discouraged, so bring your own towel along to soak up the sweat. Additionally, bring your own water bottles so you won't have to drink from the public fountain, minimising contact with surfaces.