Virgin Active has gone public with their ‘back to gym’ plans, in the hope that South Africa moves swiftly towards Level 2 of lockdown and allows the reopening of fitness centres in the process. However, there’s a bit of confusion over who will – and won’t – be allowed to use the facilities.
A communication issued on Monday suggested that those over the age of 60 would not be allowed to train, and instead advised older citizens to do workouts online:
“In the interest of member safety, only members under the age of 60 years may train. If a member is unable to train at a club, Virgin Active has made a wide variety of workouts available online.”
However, we’ve since received contact from Zainab Slemang van Rijmenant, who is the PR manager for Virgin Active. He’s accepted that, although nobody is too sure about what will happen in the next few weeks, the gym isn’t actually planning to prevent anyone aged 60 or over from training with them.
“We are NOT stopping anyone over the age of 60 from training but we are explaining that everyone needs to make a decision in the best interest of their own health. There are many unknowns, such as government restrictions on capacities. A ‘book your slot’ system is an option if demand is high and we need to manage numbers.”
“Until we have a date from the Government and know what their requirements are, Virgin Active is prepping for all scenarios and will continue to update our policies based on governmental guidelines.”
It seems the age limit is an issue that is yet to be properly ironed out. But there are a few things that already seem cast in stone. Virgin Active has published a list of new protocols for customers who decide to attend their gyms at the next stage of lockdown. It’s fair to say, the gym life as we knew it has changed dramatically.