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24/7 gym hours returning

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Gyms in Tasmania can return to 24/7 operations from this coming Thursday.

A requirement for fitness clubs to be supervised by staff at all times while open had effectively ruled out the previous luxury many enjoyed of being open all night for people wanting a workout.

After flagging changes last week, Public Health has now confirmed that rule will no longer apply from September 17, music to the ears of the fitness industry which has been frustrated at their cut back business hours.

Under the changes, gyms will now undergo WorkSafe Tasmania inspections to check they're complying with COVID-safe measures.

"All business open to the public including gyms are expected to meet current COVID-safe standards and Public Health restrictions to ensure the protection of their patrons, staff and the broader community. We understand that current restrictions pose challenges for business and the broader community, but they are important to continue to protect Tasmania against any spread of coronavirus, as long as the threat of the virus remains," Dr Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health said.

"We know from public health advice and evidence from other jurisdictions that gyms can be at higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that is why it is so important to have appropriate and consistent protocols in place to enable gym patrons a safe fitness environment," Sports Minister Jane Howlett said.

"With COVID-Safe plans now agreed, with a focus on density, physical distancing, contact tracing, cleaning and hygiene arrangements, gyms will be permitted to open without supervision from next Thursday 17 September."

"I acknowledge this will be a relief to many Tasmanians who have been unable to use their memberships out of hours during this time, and I am pleased the new protocols have been agreed by Public Health and Worksafe Tasmania following discussions with the fitness industry."


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