Over the weekend, Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews has provided further guidance on their state’s roadmap, revealing that fitness providers such as 12RND Fitness will only be able to reopen in the “Last Step” of the plan. Provided that there are no new cases for 14 days prior to the step’s scheduled commencement, this would mean that exercise facilities would reopen on the 23rd of November. Therefore, individuals will continue to go without access to expert support from certain health and fitness professionals for another 10 weeks, in addition to over 150 days of forced closures to date.
We understand and acknowledge the efforts of the Victorian government to implement strategies in the interest of public health and safety, an endeavour that we, as a network of fitness professionals, also share. However, to truly address the health and safety of Victorians, we believe that with an appropriate Covid-Safe plan in place, 12RND Fitness clubs, and other fitness providers should be able to open as early as the “First Step”, commencing on the 13th of September, under “heavily restricted guidelines”.
In a recent statement, Fitness Australia Chief Executive, Barrie Elvish asserts that, “the classification of health and fitness facilities needs urgent review,” and is, “calling on the Victorian Government to reclassify them as ‘Health and Fitness Centres’ in the Restricted Activity Directions and be allowed to operate in the same way as other essential health services such as osteopathy, physiotherapy, dietetics and mental health services.”
Although the current plan incorporates allowances for outdoor activities and independent exercise, we know that our members need more than just the opportunity to exercise; they need guidance, support and structure within their training. Many of our members come to us because they have not been able to take control of their health and fitness independently and need our services, and services like ours to remain motivated and to train safely and effectively.
Further to Personal Training, facilities such as 12RND Fitness provide a sense of community and belonging, aspects which are known to be vital towards the overall health and wellbeing of all people. We are confident that we can provide the community with a safe environment to stay active to benefit their physical wellbeing as well as their mental health.
Fitness Australia have worked extensively with health officials across the country to offer the industry a robust and comprehensive COVID Operation Guide from which we have based our