As more and more coronavirus restrictions are eased in NSW, there’s one question on everyone’s lips – When can we go back to the gym?
But it looks like we’ll have to put off our memberships for a bit longer, with Gladys Berejiklian saying this morning that they won’t be reopening anytime soon.
Yesterday we saw school students head back to school full time across the state and from June 1, we will be allowed to travel regionally in NSW, while cafes, pubs, restaurants and clubs can have up to 50 patrons at one time if they are social distancing.
So why then can’t we head back to exercising at our gyms?
Speaking with Kyle and Jackie O this morning Gladys said that gyms haven’t been approved yet because they believe that it simply isn’t safe to do so.
“Gyms are still on the list, but they haven’t been approved yet because it’s really difficult to maintain deep cleaning,” Gladys told us.
“Someone might be on the weights for a couple of minutes and then moves onto the next piece of equipment and it’s very hard to maintain so the health experts are going through with the industry to see what’s the safest way to go back.
“And I know that many people are looking forward to that but we have to make sure that all the rules are in place before we can announce anything like that yet.”
At the moment, people in NSW can still exercise outdoors in maximum groups of ten people in public, as long as they maintain social distancing.
But in some better news, it was announced over the weekend that beauty and nail salons will be able to reopen as of June 1. This morning Gladys spoke with us about how this will work.
“There will be special things applying but obviously if you’re not well, if you’re either a customer or you’re the person who’s performing the treatment, you should not leave the house,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Even if you have a sniffle you should go and get tested and stay home until your test results come in.
“And in a beauty salon, again you have to apply the four square meter rule, so if for example you have a tiny salon, even though we’re saying you can have up to 10 people, you might only be allowed to have two or three, but you can have up to 10 if it’s a larger salon.
“The health people have gone through with the industry and put all the rules in place so everybody just has to stick to the rules,” she added.