The famous phase 2 of the Coronavirus emergency,with the easing of restrictive measures to contain the spread of the contagion, is close but not for gyms and even less for martial arts gyms.
The 4 May,in fact, according to the latest decree signed by the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the gradual reopening of activities closed two months ago as a result of the but those with low risk start again,as determined by the government’s task force for opening planning.
This means that swimming pools and gyms,considered high-risk places, will still remain closed.
No good news, therefore, for sports lovers, about 20 million Italians, who will have to settle for outdoor activities in the parks and Home Gym for those who are organized or have the space.
The requirements for reopening gyms
Gyms are places where it is easy to create assemblies,not being able to guarantee the famous social distance,the only weapon at the moment to fight the contagion from Coronavirus.
It is not excluded, however, that they can start from September, but only after taking all necessary precautions to safeguard the health of users.
Even others, more optimistic, have circulated as a possible date for the restart of fitness centers onJune 8,although it seems quite unlikely.
At the moment, therefore, it is only hypotheses, the resumption of these activities has not been scheduled and experts are still working to decide what to do, but it is certain that as requirements to reopen gyms and swimming pools will have to have:
few people in the spaces, with respect for the safe distance and contingent entrances,resulting in a ban on group activities and lessons, sanitizing at the entrance, constant cleaning of rooms, tools and changing rooms.
To untie, then, still the knot if you have to wear disposable masks and gloves during physical activity which makes it really difficult to train.
Then the fact that you can not use the showers, you have to arrive already dressed to train, etc. etc.
As you can see if it is complicated for fitness gyms imagine what it means for martial arts gyms or combat sports, etc. how can you guarantee social distance?
In these terms it is impossible and so when will the gyms reopen and you will be allowed to reopen? We don’t know yet!
Gyms and fitness centers closed, how to get reimbursed
While waiting for more certain news about the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, there has been a need for consumers to have their subscription paid for a month or a whole year of sports that, unfortunately, they will not be able to take advantage of.
Most gyms are proposing to their customers to ‘freeze’ their subscriptions, and then start enjoying the remaining weeks or months once the emergency is over.
But it’s not the only chance.
As Massimiliano Dona, president of Unc, the National Consumer Union, explained:
“The customer is free to accept or not accept the momentary stop option. If the contract provides for a number of inputs to be used without timeframes, it is reasonable that it can be used once the emergency is over. But in the case of a monthly or annual subscription, with free entry, you are always entitled to a refund of the part of the fee that you will not be able to take advantage of.”
Therefore, the right to reimbursement is provided by law (Article 1463 of the Civil Code) especially if the service provided is interrupted by impossibility and without fault of the customer.
Clearly each of you has your own ethics and conscience if you don’t want to see photos like the next one!
A number of hypotheses have also been put forward for safe reopening: quotas of entrances, increase supply, extend service hours, change habits and ways of use.
This is not easy for some disciplines even considering that disciplines such as combat sports and martial arts are often done with lessons at set times with qualified instructors.
Free lessons are in low-busy hours and in the evening hours where most of the courses are concentrated.
Maintaining social distance and preventing too many people from using the gym at the same time, so should it be able to contribute to the fact that gyms can be reopened regularly but contact sports? the fight? et cetera.
But even on this point there is no certainty as to when the gyms will reopen.
Stay Tuned and when the gyms reopen try to be there!
The Expert Fighting Team