DURBAN – Gym bunnies affiliated with Virgin Active and Planet Fitness will have to wait longer, before they can start working on their summer bodies. After almost five months of in-activeness, gyms and fitness centres now have the green light to reopen as the country moved to alert level 2.
Despite this, both companies announced that they will not be reopening. In a statement on its website, Virgin Active said that it was required to submit its health and safety plans to the government for approval.
“In terms of the legislation released today, we are required to submit our detailed Covid-19 plans to the Government for approval before we are allowed to open. Government informs us that this process will take five days, but we will let you know as soon as we have the green light to open,”
Government has imposed restrictions on the number of members in our club at a particular point in time. We will soon update you on all the details of reopening with this limit in mind but rest assured we are optimizing our large estate to ensure you can get active as soon as possible,” read the statement.
According to the latest Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) gazette released on Monday, gyms will be open to the public subject to wearing a face mask, keeping social distance, and adhering to health protocols. No more than 50 people may be inside the gym at any given time.
Meanwhile, Planet Fitness took to social media to announce that it was still preparing to open its gyms in line with the health and safety guidelines.
“Although we are not opening on Tuesday, the wait is almost over. Our teams are working around the clock to prepare the clubs to ensure that you are safe when you return. We will announce our opening date really soon,” said the company.
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