GYMS, yoga studios and fitness centres are being invited to learn more about operating in a Covid-secure way ahead of the return of indoor classes next month.

A webinar, held by Cheshire West and Chester Council, is taking place on at 10.30am on Thursday, April 22, and will run through the legal requirements as well as what to do following an outbreak.

Gyms, along with non-essential retail, hair salons and hospitality venues, were able to reopen on April 12.

And, subject to further easing of restrictions, indoor fitness classes cane resume from May 17.

Topics covered in the webinar include:

  • the rules on face coverings;
  • collecting customer contact details;
  • social distancing;
  • hygiene and how to look after staff facilities;
  • vehicle sharing.

There will also be information about what to do if a member of staff tests positive for Covid and a toolkit to help the employer through managing an outbreak.

Ian Ashworth, director of public health at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "It is very positive that COovid-19 infections have reduced to a stage where our high streets have reopened and gyms and indoor fitness businesses can reopen too.

"We all need to play our part in keeping infection rates down and try to stay as healthy as possible. Keeping fit is vital for our health and wellbeing.

"Our own health and wellbeing provider, Brio Leisure, has learned some valuable practical lessons in keeping staff and customers safe which will be shared in the webinar as examples of good practice. "

Maria Byrne, director of environment and communities, said: “Following webinars for the hospitality and personal care sectors, this new webinar, aimed at owners and managers of gyms and indoor fitness centres, will tell you everything you need to know to keep your premises safe, operating and infection free for staff and customers.”

The webinar will be streamed live online from 10.30am to 11.30am on Thursday, April 22, or will be available to watch again later.

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