Best practice advice for activity providers in New Zealand
(General safety advice for activity providers courtesy of Exercise New Zealand)
The information below is compiled from IHRSA, CDC and communications from the NZ Ministry of Health (we have been in direct communication with them in regards to best practices for exercise providers).
- Compulsory handwashing pre and post-workout and eating for members/clients and staff. Washing should be with soap and water for 20 seconds and hands dried thoroughly. Repeat often.
- Avoid touching your face while working out / working with clients
- Encourage use of non-shared equipment where feasible (eg yoga mats, boxing gloves)
- Compulsory use of non-shared towels on all shared equipment
- Provide cleaning products and wipes so that staff and members can regularly clean shared equipment such as weights, mats and machines. Wipes should be disposable.
- Encourage social distancing (2 metres). Where needed mandate rules to enforce this – eg: every second treadmill used, space out benches, limit numbers in classes during peak times
- Keep accurate logs of members & staff visits. Should there be further COVID-19 cases the Ministry of Health or other authorities may request this. For those without swipe card access, consider a physical written log/guest book for all visitors including both date and times.
- Let everyone (staff and clients) know if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms to stay home and follow MOH guidance.
- Sneeze or cough into elbows, provide disposable tissues (use once and throw away).
- Stay informed and up to date. Check out the latest information from the Ministry of Health regularly, as the situation rapidly changes.