Say goodbye to tiny class numbers at the gym, with the announcement today that workout facilities across the state can now host more people.
Gyms were given the green light to open their doors to even more people from today, after the Chief Health Officer’s approval of a Fitness Industry COVID Safe Plan.
However, Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said fitness businesses wanting to exceed current limits of 20 people on site will be required to comply with the approved industry plan, while still maintaining required social distancing.
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“The approval of the industry plan is a great result for the fitness sector who really just want to get back to the business of providing facilities and training for Queenslanders looking to keep fit,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Even the biggest branded gyms are typically owned by small and family business operators who collectively employ more than 8,000 Queenslanders, so getting them up and running and their staff back to work again is an important step in our economic recovery.”
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said it’s great news for Queenslanders, who will still need to abide by strict hygiene guidelines.
“Of course we are still asking you to maintain your social distance, wipe down your gear after you’ve used it, but that’s all the kind of thing that’s covered off in this COVID Safe Plan,” Minister Miles said.
It’s understood a plan for field sports has also received sign off.
“Whilst gyms have been the first cab off the rank with their COVIDSafe industry plan, Field sports have also received sign off to get back into action with arrangements that allow more people to get out onto the field safely,” Mr de Brenni said.
“The remaining sport and recreation sectors can have confidence around the viability of their return to play arrangements which are currently under review.”
More COVIDSafe industry plans are expected to be signed off in the coming days.