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How To Prevent Your Gym From Becoming a COVID Hotspot

pexels-william-choquette-1954524Recently, the CDC issued research that showed that gyms can be a top hotspot for COVID outbreaks. One gym in Chicago, where people exercised without masks, led to 55 people becoming sick with the virus. Another gym in Hawaii experienced a 21 person outbreak.

Even as more people are becoming vaccinated, it is important to stay vigilant against spreading infection, especially in the gym. To protect the athletes in your gym from the virus, you should practice these steps:

Limit the Number of Athletes

You may not be able to have a whole team in for conditioning and workouts at once. Strictly limit the number of people in your gym, including coaches and trainers, so that everyone can stay at least 6 feet apart. 

Enforce Mask-Wearing

It can be difficult to wear a mask while performing cardiovascular exercises. However, you can wear a mask while participating in other activities, such as:

  • Spotting someone while they are lifting weights
  • Participating in non-aerobic activity
  • Coaching or training
  • Changing in the locker rooms

Not wearing masks is one of the biggest reasons gyms are a COVID hotspot. With everyone breathing heavily, they are expelling a lot of droplets into the air. Masks can help stop droplets.

Keep Air Moving

If possible, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to move freely into the gym. The other reason gyms are a hotspot is that there are many people crammed in one small space, often with poor ventilation. Better ventilation by opening windows and doors can help keep the air cleaner.

Move Outside When Possible

With the weather getting nice in many parts of the country, try moving some activities outside. While you can’t move machines outside, you can move mats, exercise balls, kettle bells and dumb bells. You can encourage the team to run drills outside or jog instead of using the treadmill. Outside is a much safer place to exercise than inside gyms.

More and more people are getting vaccinated each day, but it isn’t time to let up on COVID restrictions or ease guidelines. In a few more months, the virus may be well-controlled, allowing your athletes to practice and play together again.

 

At Bon Secours Sports Performance, we are working to keep our facilities as safe and clean as possible. Our team is dedicated to the health of all athletes. Contact us today to learn more about our safety precautions.