Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
Ahead of Unlock 3.0, which is scheduled to start from August 1, the Maharashtra government is planning its own SOP (Standard Operating Procedures/protocols) to allow more relaxations in several sectors, including gyms and fitness centre. “I have personally told Chief Minister about the gyms as the sector employs a huge number of people,” Maharashtra public health minister Rajesh Tope said.
Gyms in all cities have been closed since the first phase of lockdown as exercising in a closed quarter could spread COVID-19 at a more alarming rate. The shutdown has led to many gym owners go bankrupt as they have to pay the rent, and the EMIs for the machines. Especially in Mumbai, which has a number of gyms, the closure of the gyms for the past five months has serious impacts.
Till Unlock 2.0, the MHA decided to keep gyms shut. However, it is expected that in unlocks 3.0, gyms may get a green signal to resume operations in a staggered and limited manner, ensuring social distancing and the maintenance of proper hygiene.