How Coventry gyms are preparing to welcome back gym-goers

A world-class sports centre in Coventry is making the most its large, spacious design to implement effective social distancing measures.

As gyms across the country gear up to reopen from 25 July, one Coventry sports and fitness facility is taking steps to ensure gym-goers can exercise safely.

The Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick temporarily closed its doors in March following government guidance due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is now preparing to reopen its doors on 25 July with a range of measure put in place.

The world-class centre opened only last year and its large, spacious design will now help staff to implement effective social distancing measures.

Measures being introduced will include one-way systems around the building, protective screens and extra signage being put up.

Spacing will be increased between equipment and workout areas, with pre-booking required for gym sessions, fitness classes, climbing centre and the swimming pool.

Surfaces that are regularly touched will undergo continuous disinfection, while hand sanitising station and disinfectant spray for equipment will be easily available.

Additional fitness spaces will be created in the vast facility to allow socially distanced fitness classes, with extra time built in to schedules to allow cleaning of spaces between sessions.

The University of Warwick said they will be taking a carefully planned, phased approach to the reopening.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, director of sport and active communities at the University of Warwick, says the Hub’s number one priority is the health and safety of its visitors and staff.

“We have been working tirelessly to make sure that when the Sports and Wellness Hub is able to open we can welcome people into the safest possible space,” said Lisa.

“Our staff will be fully trained on our new cleaning and safety measures to ensure that the Hub reaches the highest safety standards possible.

“We have the benefit of having a lot of space at the facility and with that space, we’re able to create environments for people to exercise safely and with confidence.  

“All of the measures being put in place are with one goal in mind, the safety of our visitors, and we are confident people will feel safe to join us at the Hub when opening our doors on 25 July.”

During lockdown the Hub has been running a daily schedule of free live exercise classes via Facebook to keep people moving at home.

Since March, the Hub has hosted over 150 virtual classes with combined viewing figures of over 150,000 and will continue to run until the Hub reopens to the public.