Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed took to Twitter tonight to confirm that Dubai will resume the gradual reopening of business activities on Wednesday 27 May from 6am to 11pm, which includes gyms and fitness centers.
All outlets are still required to put precautionary measures in place, including wearing face masks, social distancing, temperature check and operating at 30% capacity.
I chaired a meeting with Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis& Disaster Management,&we approved the resumption of economic activities from 6am to 11pm,starting May 27.This decision was reached following a comprehensive analysis of health and socio-economic factors of the situation pic.twitter.com/XjaZ2tko30— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) May 25, 2020
Back in early May, gym operators across the UAE received a list of suggestions from local regulator the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP) detailing a few guidelines to follow when reopening to ensure they meet the safety protocols given by the health department.
In an interview with Gulf News, Director of operations, REPs UAE, Catherine Hanson Farid, said: “Our objective is to get the fitness industry back on its feet. Also being fit and healthy is important for us all. Exercising is something every one of us should be doing- it’s imperative as a precautionary measure - the fitter and healthier we are, the better our chances are against this virus."
Some of the suggestions include:
- Temperature checks to be done for everyone entering gym premises
- Two meters space between each participant
- Cleaning schedule in place with a 1 hour closing midday to do full disinfection
- Masks to be worn while using the facility
- Changing rooms to be restricted to use of bathroom only - no showers