Achieve Functional Fitness Covid-19 Safety Plan
This framework is aligned to various Government documents, and has been, and will continue to be updates as a Safety Plan for Achieve Functional Fitness gym facility based in Moseley Rugby Club, Billesley Common, Yardley Wood Rd, Birmingham, B13 0PT.
This document sets out the framework for Achieve Functional Fitness during the anticipated period of “social distancing” following the full closure of the fitness and leisure sector due to COVID-19. It also provides the basis for individual operators to develop their own required technical operating guidance for customers, staff and supply chains once the Government has said facilities, or parts of facilities, can open.
The gym and fitness industry has a vital role in ensuring the ongoing health and wellbeing of the nation following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. We believe this role has never been more important than at the current time in helping the country and British society regain its health. The Government realises how important ‘exercise’ is, and as the Chief Medical Officer stated: “There is no situation, no age, no condition, where exercise is not a good thing.”
It is not intended to be exhaustive in covering every possible scenario but aims to provide a clear direction for Achieve Functional Fitness to keep it’s employees and customers safe and minimise risk.
• There will be Public Health England (PHE) or equivalent poster on display, throughout the gym facility, informing customers and staff of social distancing and cleanliness/hygiene protocols in the facility.
• Achieve Functional Fitness commits to putting the wellbeing of its staff and customers first, and if they show/have any signs of COVID-19 (temperature, cough and difficulty breathing), they will be sent home to follow Government regulations.
• Achieve Functional Fitness will comply with any health designation documentation that the Government implements.
• Hand wipes/sanitisers will be on offer (or people will be directed to where they can clean their hands) when on site.
• Face masks will not be mandatory for staff, unless their role requires this.
• It is down to Achieve Functional Fitness customers and visitors to take reasonable personal responsibility when taking part in activities within the gym facility and physical activity.
• Achieve Functional Fitness commit to the Equality At 2010 and legal obligations to ensure that the decisions made in response to COVID-19 do not discriminate against customers or staff with protected characteristics (please see Achieve Functional Fitness Equality Policy).
• Achieve Functional Fitness will employ a one way people flow system, where possible, to reduce congregation in any area of the facility.
• Achieve Functional Fitness, when allowing non-members in and visitors into the gym facility, will have a process in place to retain contact details for 21 days (in-line with GDPR legislation).
• Markings are visible around machines and workout benches denote social distance where appropriate.
• Continue and rigorous cleaning and disinfection procedure are in place at the gym facility to minimise risk of contract transmission.
• If there is a COVID-19 case in the facility, Achieve Functional Fitness will follow the national guidance while cleaning all areas of the facility.
• Staff will carry out regular cleaning of high-contact touch points throughout the premises.
• A third party company will also clean the facility throughout the week.
4. Reception Areas
• Hand wipes/sanitisers will be on offer (or directed to where people can clean their hands).
• Gloves are not mandatory as the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice is that it is preferable not to wear gloves but to regularly wash your hands.
• Processes have been put in place to ensure social distancing remains in place for staff in the reception area.
• There is queue management – markings on the floor and if necessary, outside the entrance.
5. Changing Rooms/Showers/Toilets
• Achieve Functional Fitness will promote that it’s customers should come ready to gym, where possible.
• Extra care/signposting will be provided to maintain social distancing when in these areas.
• Lockers can remain in use, as long as social distancing can be maintained.
• Signs should encourage frequent hand hygiene and staff should be doing regular checks and cleaning of touch points.
6. Gym Floors
• Only equipment that is spaced far enough apart to maintain social distancing will be used – as an example this can be done via moving equipment or marking every other piece of equipment in the gym out of order.
• Users should not be working out face to face.
• Touch points of equipment should be cleaned before and after use – this can be done either by the customer or staff using spray and cloths provided. This is in addition to the cleaning schedule.
• Extra signage regarding social distancing will be in place around the free-weights area.
• Maximum gym capacity will be based on 100sqft per person.
7. Group Exercise Classes
• Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
• There will be a minimum of a 10-minute window in between classes. so no ‘waiting around’ in groups.
• Equipment (including mats etc) will be cleaned in between use. This is done by the customer or staff member using spray and cloths provided.
• Equipment that is shared in a class, the customer does so at their own risk and will commit to using antibacterial hand wash before and after use.
• If possible, markings will be made on the floor to show the area for individuals to work out in.
• Social distancing and cleanliness will be promoted when booking online.
• Social distancing and cleanliness will be promoted by the instructor(s) at the beginning and throughout classes.
• Group classes will be organised in a series of formations to comply with social distancing, with appropriate spacing between participants monitored by the instructor throughout the class.
• Nothing will be passed to/from the instructor to the customer – including personal items, water bottles, bibs etc.
• Customers should not cluster in groups before/after sessions.
8. First Aid/Lifeguards
• Achieve Functional Fitness and it’s employees will follow the HSE guidance on ‘first aid requirements in non-healthcare settings’.
• Achieve Functional Fitness and it’s staff will follow the provided specific guidance on CPR delivery from The Resuscitation Council UK.
• Achieve Functional Fitness will continue to follow Government guidance for workplaces, and update policies and protocols based when Government advise and regulations change.
• Avoid use of shared objects e.g. towels, robes, balls, weights, rackets, balls, scoring equipment, sports clothing unless they can be cleaned or sanitised between users.
• Personal training sessions can continue as long as social distancing is in place.
• Card/contactless payment will be promoted.
• Consider special provision for vulnerable groups using your facilities – please see other document.
• All contractors must follow social distancing and cleanliness guidelines.
• PPE will be worn for health consultations in line with the national Government policy on close contact services.
• Health and Safety checks pre-opening – e.g. Legionella.
• Training of staff in the above procedures.
• Before re-opening, operators will commit to a level of communication to customers explaining the nature of re-opening, advising them of the responsibility they have regarding cleaning touch points, providing Q&A, and ultimately reassuring customers.