Gyms

These guidelines apply to local and public bodies and private gym owners including physical exercise classes (without interpersonal physical contact).

▪ Adequate information on all prevention measures adopted must be displayed.

▪ A planned programme of activities is to be drawn up, as far as possible, (e.g. with booking) and access is to be regulated in such a way as to avoid groups and gatherings. A list of those taking part should be kept for 14 days.

▪ Body temperature can be measured and access denied to those with temperatures of over 37.5°C.

▪ Changing rooms and showers should be organised in such a way as to ensure distances of at least one metre (for example alternate use stations or physical barriers) including by regulating access to these.

▪ Regulating traffic, waiting areas, access to the various areas and equipment and machine location, including closing off certain areas for the purposes of ensuring safe distances:

- at least one metre for people when physical exercise is not underway;

- at least two metres during physical exercise (with special attention to intense exercise).

▪ Facilities should be equipped with hydro-alcohol solution dispensers for user hand cleansing at visible points near the entrance with it being mandatory to use this on entering/exiting.

▪ After using each individual object, the gym’s managers should ensure that machines and equipment used has been disinfected.

▪ Machines and equipment which cannot be disinfected must not be used.

▪ Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of spaces, equipment and machinery is to be ensured (including several times a day between one shift and the next) and changing rooms (including lockers) should be disinfected at the end of the day.

▪ Flasks, cups and bottles should not be shared and objects such as towels, bath robes and other items should not be exchanged with other users.

▪ Footwear exclusive to this purpose should be used at the gym.

▪ All personal clothing and objects must be kept in personal bags even where these are stored in lockers. Generalised use of the lockers is best avoided and bags should be made available for personal effects.

▪    Internal spaces must be aired frequently. Due to the overcrowding and the time of permanence of the guests, the effectiveness of the systems must be verified in order to ensure the adequacy of the external air flow rates according to current regulations. In any case, crowding must be related to the actual outdoor extract air flow rates. For air conditioning systems, it is mandatory, if technically possible, to totally exclude the air recirculation function. In any case, the measures for the exchange of natural air and / or through the system must be further strengthened, and the cleaning, with the plant stopped, of the recirculating air filters to maintain adequate filtration / removal levels must be guaranteed. If technically possible, the filtering capacity of the recirculation must be increased, replacing the existing filters with higher class filters, ensuring the maintenance of the flow rates. In the toilets, the air extractor must be kept in continuous operation.

▪ As far as microclimate is concerned, spaces’ air circulation situation and ventilation equipment should be assessed and appropriate airing to ensure indoor air quality ensured. A suitable microclimate requires:

- ensuring periodic natural airing periodically in all spaces equipped with external windows and doors, where work stations are located for internal staff or outside users (including rooms and open space venues) avoiding through currents and temperature extremes during natural air exchange;
 
- increasing incoming air filter pack replacement and maintenance (including adopting more effective filter packs);

- in relation to air expulsion outlets, ensuring that equipment conditions are such as to avoid health issues in the space between expulsion and aspiration;

- activating air extraction/input at least one hour before and after public access;

- where spaces have no windows such as archives, changing rooms, toilets, etc. but do have fans/mechanical extractors, these must be kept functioning at least for the duration of working hours;

- as far as corridors, transit areas and waiting areas and other linking spaces between the various rooms normally less well ventilated or entirely free of ventilation are concerned, special attention should be paid to avoiding people gathering or waiting in these, adopting organisational measures to ensure that these are used only for brief intervals of transit or waiting;

- in buildings equipped with specific ventilation systems with external air input via controlled mechanical ventilation, eliminating air circulation totally;

- as regards heating/cooling systems using heat pumps, fan coils or convector heaters, wherever an appropriate temperature cannot be obtained without these, filter levels should be cleaned in accordance with producer specifications, with the plant switched off, and inadequate filters removed;

- plugs and ventilation grilles should be cleaned with clean microfibre cloths moistened with soap and water or ethyl alcohol at 75%;

- spraying cleaning products and disinfectants directly onto filters should be avoided in order to prevent breathing in pollutants during functioning.

▪    All personal clothing and objects must be kept in personal bags even where these are stored in lockers. Generalised use of the lockers is best avoided and bags should be made available for personal effects.