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COVID-19: Gyms, yoga institutes to open, announces sports minister Kiren Rijiju

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New Delhi: After being shut for over five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, union sports minister Kiren Rijiju has announced that gyms and yoga institutes could reopen from Monday.

Following the announcement, Delhi government also announced reopening of gyms and yoga institutes.

“Gyms and yoga institute permitted with immediate effect subject to strict compliance of SOP” said a statement of Delhi government.

 

COVID-19 safety guidelines for Gyms, Yoga Centres:

– Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions.

– Only asymptomatic persons (including staff) shall be allowed on the premises.

– Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised not to use gyms in closed spaces. Organizations managing the yoga institute and gymnasiums shall advise all members, visitors, and staff accordingly.

– The use of face covers/masks is mandatory at all times within the premises. However, during yoga exercise or exercising in gymnasiums, as far as possible only a visor may be used. Use of mask (in particular N-95 masks) during exercise may cause difficulty in breathing.

– Installation and use of the Aarogya Setu app shall be advised to all.

– Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet as far as feasible.

– Staggering class session times and allowing a minimum of 15-30 minutes between batches to avoid overlap between members arriving and leaving.

– Details of check-in and check-out times of members and visitors must be recorded (name, address, and phone number).

– In yoga institutes, shoes/footwear are to be preferably taken off outside the premises where yoga exercises are done. If needed, they should be kept in separate slots for each individual/family by the persons themselves.

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