Simon and Linda Lee opened Base 51 and were excited to bring people back in the doors after restrictions shut them down.
Simon and Linda Lee opened Base 51 and were excited to bring people back in the doors after restrictions shut them down.

WEIGHT IS OVER: Gyms welcome fitness-fans back in the doors

AS STAGE 2 of the easing of coronavirus restrictions was this week brought forward from mid-June, gyms have been allowed to open their doors to 20 people at a time.

An earlier Stage 3 introduction is being considered, but is yet to be discussed and, in the meantime, gyms in the region are implementing sanitisation programs and ensuring their workout spaces meet COVID-19 safety guidelines as well as being able to provide space for social distancing.

Simon Lee, owner of Base51 Functional Fitness at Cannonvale, said the gym reopened on Monday but wouldn’t operate on a 24-hour schedule.

However, he said that as the gym was spacious, he was able to confidently open with appropriate social distancing and indoor bootcamps would be able to resume.

Mr Lee said the gym was cleaned every hour, and sanitisation was carried out before, during and after classes.

Gym fanatics will be able to build their muscles once again.
Gym fanatics will be able to build their muscles once again.

“We’ve got enough space here to make sure everyone has got enough room.

“We’ve got a large area where we run the bootcamps with a high ceiling and lots of air space.”

As numbers are currently limited to 20 people in the gym at a time, guests can sign in to classes via the gym’s booking app and numbers can be controlled.

Mr Lee said he was hoping that he would be able to increase the number of people allowed in the gym next week.

Boxing, he said, was the only class that hadn’t restarted, and which would be replaced with shadow boxing.

“It’s definitely exciting to be able to get up and going again.”

Owner of Amp’D Fitness in Bowen, Brendan Ruff, has made the decision to remain closed until the lifting of restrictions moves to Stage 3.

Kylie Wilson and Brendan Ruff, the owners of Amp'd Fitness, Bowen. Picture: Shannon Kirk
Kylie Wilson and Brendan Ruff, the owners of Amp'd Fitness, Bowen. Picture: Shannon Kirk

“For us, I didn’t think it was fair on our members and it wasn’t viable with the amount of rules and regulations to open sooner,” Mr Ruff said.

“We want to wait for less restrictions.”

He said Stage 3 had been planned to be introduced from the end of June, but with the earlier introduction of Stage 2 he was hoping it could also be brought forward.

“We’ll try and open and get back to normal as much we possibly can, depending on the restrictions.”

Mr Ruff said he had been sharing body weight workouts on Facebook during the lockdown.

“They have been pretty popular going from the amount of people commenting on them. People were keen to have something to do.”

Updates about reopening will be made on the gym’s Facebook page.


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