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Gyms will start to reopen later this year, so it is critical for all fitness businesses to put in place the highest clean and hygiene protocols to mitigate the risk of an outbreak occurring. To ensure your members feel safe and comfortable about returning to your facility is important, or they will not return at all.

In this blog, we will explore 7 steps to take to keep your facility clean during the pandemic.

During COVID19, the guidance released by the government for sports and recreational fitness facilities provides valuable information for the business owner and operations in this industry to examine the situation and develop better cleaning protocols.

For the sports and recreational fitness businesses in Ontario, there are a number of guidelines available:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/cleaning-disinfecting-public-spaces.html

https://www.ontario.ca/page/guidance-facilities-sports-and-recreational-fitness-activities-during-covid-19

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-reopening-guidelines-for-businesses-organizations/covid-19-guidance-parks-recreation/#:~:text=Keep%20at%20least%20two%20metres,and%20after%20using%20the%20playground

To effectively and efficiently clean and disinfect your facility, choosing the right disinfection products is essential. When it comes to a disinfectant solution, be sure you have a good understanding of what disinfecting products meet the Health Canada criteria and can be used against COVID19 and check if the product can be used to clean the various surfaces

Having a clear cleaning and disinfecting plan can really help the facility to create and maintain a cleaner and safer environment. By developing and reviewing protocols and procedures, you can easily see where improvements or additional cleaning and disinfecting may be added. Assign staff to complete environment cleaning and disinfection duties. Do a dry run for your cleaning procedures to determine the time you will need to thoroughly clean between classes and adjust your schedule accordingly.

What should be included in your cleaning procedure:

  • Each piece of equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  • Prioritize disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, bathroom facilities.
  • Clean before disinfecting as dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs.
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting and wash hands immediately after the gloves are removed.
  • Create a cleaning schedule for both facility and equipment.
  • Put used disposable cleaning items (e.g., mop heads, cloths) in a lined garbage bin before disposing of them with regular waste. Reusable cleaning items can be washed using regular laundry soap and hot water (60-90°C).

operators like you gain a better understanding of the product.

Some members of your community might be worried about the risk of getting infected with COVID19 from sharing the training equipment with others or being inside the facility. Give them peace of mind by effectively communicating the effort you put in to create a cleaner and safer environment. Publish your cleaning and disinfecting protocols on the website, post a video of the facility being cleaned on your social media platforms, or send an email to announce the message. The information would help encourage your members to feel more confident about the cleanliness of the facility.

We have helped many of our clients in the fitness industry make high quality videos, as shown below, to inform their members of how they work to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.

Please reach out to us for more information from our knowledgeable staff at:

www.safeworx.ca

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