The Maharashtra government has given permission to gymnasiums and fitness centres to reopen from October 25, with certain restrictions set in place. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray virtually interacted with representatives of various fitness centres to set a standard operating procedure for their services. Preventative sanitation precautions and measures were discussed.
Zumba, Yoga and other group class will continue to remain shut at these centres. Saunas and baths have not been given permission to reopen.
Uddav Thackeray emphasised on the safety measures that gyms must follow in order to ensure the welfare of members. Disinfecting the premises every hour, physical distancing, sanitisation and use of masks is mandatory, the chief minister said. He also mentioned that health checks of trainers and employees should be done regularly.
Thackeray advised them not to have complacency.
Maharashtra continues to remain the worst affected state, but gyms are still reopening owing to financial losses. Owners of fitness centres in the state have been requesting the government allow them to reopen their centres as they have been hit financially due to the lockdown.