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Government issues guidelines to reopen gyms and yoga institutes | India News


NEW DELHI: Before the reopening of yoga institutes and gyms, the Ministry of Health issued on Monday the appropriate protocols for Covid-19 to be followed in facilities such as allowing only asymptomatic people, maintaining social distancing, using the app Aarogya Setu mobile and the use of visitors while exercising as far as possible.
All yoga institutes and gyms in containment areas will remain closed and only those outside of these areas may be opened, as outlined in the ‘Guidelines on Preventive Measures to Contain the Spread of Covid-19 in Institutes and Gyms yoga ‘.
“Spas, sauna, steam room, and swimming pools (where applicable) will remain closed,” the document says.
The guidelines establish the processes and redesign of the facilities, including the proper placement of equipment. Yoga institutes and gyms have been asked to plan the floor area based on four square meters per person.
People over 65, people with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children under 10 are advised not to use gyms indoors, according to the guidelines.
For the first time since the coronavirus blockade took effect on March 25, the government allowed yoga institutes and gyms to open as of August 5 as part of the ‘Unlock 3’ phase.
The document outlines several generic precautionary measures that should be taken, in addition to specific measures that should be taken in yoga institutes and gyms to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The guidelines state that at the point of entry into all these facilities, hand hygiene (disinfectant dispenser) and thermal detection provisions are mandatory.
“Only asymptomatic people (including staff) will be allowed into the facility. All people will be allowed entry only if they wear masks / masks,” he said.
“All members, visitors and staff may consider using the Aarogya Setu app for risk identification at all times within the yoga institute / gym,” the guidelines stated.
He also stated that before exercising in gyms using equipment for cardio, strength training, etc., disinfect the middle finger with a cotton swab and check oxygen saturation with a pulse oximeter. Those with an oxygen saturation below 95 percent should not be able to exercise, he said.
Call the central / state / ambulance helpline and refer those people to the nearest health center, the document added.
It requires ensuring a minimum distance of six feet at all times in queues and the proper management of crowds in parking lots, hallways and elevators, duly following the rules of social distance.
He suggested staggering visits by members at separate time intervals to allow for adequate physical distance and disinfection of facilities and equipment.
“In yoga institutes, shoes / footwear should preferably be removed outside of the facilities where the yoga exercises are performed. If necessary, people should store them in separate slots for each individual / family,” according to the guidelines.
Details of member and visitor check-in and check-out times should be recorded along with their name, address and phone number, according to the document.
He also called for the placement of equipment, including cardio and strength machines, six feet away, whenever possible, moving equipment to facilitate social distancing. “Where available, use any outdoor space by relocating equipment outdoors. Create specific pathways to enter and exit exercise areas within enclosed spaces using floor or wall markings,” the guidelines stated.
The document asked to promote card or contactless payment.
“For air conditioning / ventilation, CPWD guidelines should be followed which emphasize that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30 degrees Celsius, the relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70%, fresh air intake should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate, “said the ministry.
“Lockers will remain in use as long as social distancing is maintained. Make sure trash cans and trash cans are covered at all times,” the guidelines stated.
“Take off your mask and wear the visor as much as possible while exercising,” the document says.
He also asked to limit the number of staff and members inside the general gym floor, specific training areas, and locker rooms.
Hand sanitizing stations should be provided near each gym equipment and members should be assured to disinfect their hands before them, according to the guidelines.
He also said that a sick person should be placed in a room or area where he is isolated from others.
“Provide a face mask / cover until the time a doctor examines you. Immediately report to the nearest medical center (hospital / clinic) or call the state or district helpline,” according to the guidelines.
The designated public health authority (District Rapid Response Team / Attending Physician) will carry out a risk assessment and consequently new actions will be initiated regarding case management, contacts and the need for disinfection, they said.
Disinfection of the facilities to be taken if the person is positive, according to the document.
The practice of Yogri Kriya (s) can be avoided for the time being and even if it is to be practiced essentially, it can be done in open spaces, according to the guidelines.
They also called for staggered session times and a minimum of 15-30 minutes between classes to avoid overlap between arriving and leaving members.

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