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On Monday afternoon, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma outlined the various industries that are now allowed to open under Level 2…

After a four-month closure, gyms and fitness centres will now be allowed to reopen, but under strict protocols. No more than 50 people will be allowed in the gym at one time.

According to regulations, each fitness operator will need to submit its Covid-19 plans to government for approval before it can open.

Virgin will not be opening on Tuesday, but will keep the public up to date on plans

“While we have been given the green light to re-open, we will make our specific protocol submissions before we announce a re-opening date,” said Virgin Active in a media release on Monday. “We will not be opening on Tuesday but will update our members accordingly when we have the date. Members will have the option to extend their membership freeze for an additional two months at no cost.”

“The company has also launched a digital membership option available via its app and website. This offers more than 250 live and on-demand workouts from instructors around the world at no additional cost for members.”

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Here are some tips for preventing the spread of Covid-19 while in the gym:

While gyms will be implementing measures according to the government protocol, it is also advisable for gym-goers to take responsibility for their own safety.

  • Clean and sanitise all equipment before and after using it
  • Practise social distancing while in the gym
  • Bring your own ‘equipment’ where possible. Your own towel, sanitiser, yoga mat, water bottle. Don’t share with friends or fellow gym-goers
  • Make sure classes are limited in number
  • If you fall into a high-risk category rather stay away

Watch a video outlining Virgin Active’s protocols:


Other gyms around the country are also gearing up to open:


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