Government’s Level 2 announcement last night has brought long-awaited good news for the fitness industry that has been impacted by a four-month closure.
Virgin Active, the country’s largest health club group, has confirmed that it is ready to re-open its clubs as soon as it receives the green light from Government. The company has been informed that each fitness operator will need to submit its COVID-19 plans to Government for approval before it can open. This process is expected to take a week to complete, but the company will keep the public updated via its website.
The group has already safely re-opened in Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Namibia and Botswana, and will be using this experience to implement international best practice in screening, hygiene and social distancing in its South African clubs. Virgin Active says that its number one priority will be to provide a safe environment for its members and staff.
Exercise is the foundation of a healthy immune system and the fitness industry has a critical role to play in getting and keeping South Africans active and healthy. With Summer just around the corner, the news of re-opening could not come sooner.
Virgin Active does however understand that not all of its members will be ready to come back to the gym straight away. For those members who are not ready, Virgin Active will continue to freeze their membership at no cost for at least a further two months.
The company has also launched a digital membership option available via its app and website. This offers more than 250 live and on-demand workouts from instructors around the world at no additional cost for members. These are also available to non-members at R99pm for online-only and an R199 pm for online plus one club visit per month. In addition, the company now offers online personal training for people who don’t live close to a Virgin Active club or who wish to train in the comfort of their own home.