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Ottawa Gyms Consider Deactivating Equipment & Banning Showers When Reopening

Class sizes are also likely to be heavily reduced.

Workouts could be a little quieter post-lockdown. In Ottawa, many of the city’s gyms are already considering what reopening will look like. From reduced equipment and class sizes, to shower bans and electrostatic sprayers, it’s clear that when Ottawa gyms reopen, sessions are going to look totally different.

As some businesses begin to reopen across Ontario, fitness-lovers have been awaiting the news that gyms will not be far behind.

While no official announcements have been made just yet, the capital city’s fitness centres are already getting prepared for life post-lockdown.

In a statement, Movati Athletic confirmed that they’ve already invested in $30,000 worth of cleaning equipment, to keep the gym as hygienic as possible when they eventually reopen.

“We’ve purchased electrostatic sprayers for every single club,” Kathleen Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of Movati told CTV News.

“We’ve invested over $30,000 in this equipment so that what we can do is overnight when the club is closed, we can then electrostatic spray every surface, every piece of equipment.”

In addition, amenities like saunas, pools and steam rooms will be the last to reopen, says Carroll.

In classes and on equipment, the number of people will be limited. Classes could be cut by around 70%, and cardio decks could see a 50% reduction of equipment.

Over at GoodLife Fitness, similar plans are being made.

Founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness, David Patchell-Evans, told CTV News that GoodLife gyms were also considering limiting capacity, and deactivating some equipment, “to increase physical distancing.”

The gym’s Twitter account also suggested that workout appointments could be on the cards, although exact details are yet to be confirmed.

“We will inform all of our Members of our reopening plan once we have more info,” the company noted on their Twitter page.

In some of the city’s smaller gyms, staff continue to work towards finding the new normal.

In the Fitness Lab Ottawa, class reductions of at least 50% are likely to be the first move.

Adam Bracken, founder and President, also told CTV that shower facilities could be banned for the foreseeable future, to ensure members leave right away and make space for the next class.

For the time being, Ottawans will be able to return to the outdoors for their workouts.

On Wednesday, Mayor Jim Watson confirmed that the city’s parks would be reopening, effective immediately.

While the use of outdoor recreational amenities like benches, play structures, sports fields and basketball courts are still a no-go, a jog around the park could be a pleasant alternative to the treadmill.

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