- 2 Phase 2 for gyms has taken place and if you remember it went on throughout summer 2020 but now in 2021 when could they reopen?
When do gyms reopen?
Covid 19 knocked out gyms but when do gyms reopen?
Hopefully there’s the strength to get up and continue the match and take home a win when it’s really time to reopen the gyms.
One of the categories most affected are combat sports and martial arts gyms.
Clearly beyond contact sports gyms also pools, even more affected than in the world of fitness with their activities as bodybuilding, crossfit,calisthenics, etc. not to mention many other team sports activities but to go into detail contact sports is something not easy to do, the word itself says it already.
It was March 2019 when the stop started and today that we are at the beginning of 2021 you still do not really see a date of when you can resume activities.
The only ones who can train are professional athletes also in view of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that will take place in summer 2021.
It is for some periods to have to do training in a different form and given for now the restrictions there is not much to do except an important athletic preparation and also with the necessary safety spaces.
I do not want to express myself on what I personally think about this condition not to avoid it but because I know that it is useless, in this case you have to adapt to the restrictions with the hope that in the coming weeks you can return to normal by creating for the specificity of activities like these rules that allow the correct way to train, which is in contact.
You can’t fight at a distance, you can’t fight at a distance!
Ok you can do it for a few weeks to try to follow the health and safety rules but how much can you do?
Surely this is a very affected sector and it needs help to get out of this situation.
The help of those who practice and attend these disciplines that must not abandon them and also by organizations that must be promoted by awareness and information initiatives in order to be able to quickly return to a normality going to erase this fear that is present in society.
The famous reopening after the Coronavirus emergency,with the relaxation of restrictive measures to contain the spread of contagion, is perhaps close for some sports activities but not for gyms and even less for martial arts gyms.
2021,in fact, according to the provisions of the latest decree signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, will begin the gradual reopening of closed activities but the reopening of gyms is likely from January 15, 2021 but with stricter measures.
As established by the task force chosen by the government for the planning of openings, those with a low risk start again first.
This means that swimming pools and gyms,considered high-risk places, will still remain closed.
For gyms, itis assumed to reopen, more contingent the entrances and restoring the ban on the use of changing rooms.
In addition, a standard protocol should be drawn up which provides only for individual lessons and no longer group lessons.
The rule of one person per lane should apply to swimming pools.
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 the reopening of gyms in 2021 will be even stricter than in Phase 2 of 2020
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