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Health ministry issues safety guidelines for gyms, yoga centres

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With gyms and yoga institutes all set to open from August 5 under Centre’s ‘unlock 3’, the health ministry has issued fresh guidelines for these businesses. The guidelines are aimed at ensuring the safety of the visitors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the health ministry said,

The guidelines are aimed at minimising the contact between staff and visitors at gyms and yoga institutes. While these establishments are going to open throughout the country on August 5, those falling in containment zones will have to stay shut.

Who should not visit?

As per the guidelines, people above the age of 65 years, people with co-morbidities, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 years have been asked not to use gyms in closed spaces.

Also, face cover or masks have been made mandatory at all times inside the gym or yoga institute premises. Health enthusiasts using these facilities have been recommended to use the Aarogya Setu app.

Gym equipment to be kept 6 ft apart

Gym owners have been asked to keep equipment at least six feet apart. Also, it has been clarified that the equipment should be moved outdoors wherever possible. The ministry has also said the gym or yoga floor should have a minimum space of 4 metres per person.

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The gym and yoga institute operators have been asked to create specific pathways for entering and exiting the building. They have been also asked to ensure proper direction markings on the walls.

AC temperature setting should be between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius

This apart, the ministry has asked these establishments to ensure that in case of an air-conditioned facility, the temperature setting should be kept in the range of 24-30 degrees Celsius. They have been also asked to ensure the maximum possible intake of fresh air.

The health ministry has asked the operators to install sanitiser dispenser at the gates of the buildings. The gym and yoga institutes have been also asked to make available thermal screening devices.

Only asymptomatic patients allowed

These establishments have been also instructed to ensure that only asymptomatic people are allowed to enter. In case a person exhibits symptoms of the virus, he or she should be kept in isolation and the nearest medical facility should be informed.

 

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