Maharashtra Government has laid down an SOP for ensuring maximum safety of customers at the gyms.
With the decline in the count of new COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the active case tally has been arrested at nominal numbers, despite erratic recovery count. Mumbai added around 1,222 fresh infections to its caseload of 2,51,281 on Sunday, with 839 recoveries. Mumbai's Sunday active case count was restricted at 330 cases. As the city heads towards recovery, all gyms across the city unlock, with the imposition of a strict SOP devised by the state cabinet.
Gyms reopen in Mumbai on Dusshera
The city of Mumbai has managed to reduce the coronavirus growth rate a 0.4% and this has resulted in a constructive defence against the rising number of infections against COVID-19. In the backdrop of this stabilised environment, the state government granted permission to all gyms and fitness centres to open up on Dusshera day, October 25, with a set of standard operating procedure in place. Despite being a festival and a Sunday, DAY 1 of the reopening was marked with a heavy footfall in most city gyms.
The state has developed a detailed SOP to ensure public safety at fitness centres. From the usage of cloth and tightly woven mask as an alternative to N-95 masks to prevent suffocation to restricting facilities such as showers, sauna and locker rooms, barring group exercises along with laughing and speaking yoga asanas, the SOP has taken all aspects into the consideration for opening up gyms which were under lockdown for a prolonged period of 7 months.
Apart from this, entry is restricted for people over the age of 65 years, below the age of 10 years and pregnant women. All equipment has to be kept at optimum safe distance and sharing of accessory items such as mats, towels etc is prohibited. Sanitisation, marked entry and exit points along with staggering footfall by creating batches and increasing work hours have also been further suggested by the state.