Gyms in Delhi gear up for reopening, owners look to recoup losses


Gym owners in Delhi are looking to recoup losses with gymnasiums set to reopen from Monday onwards after months of closure due to the Covid lockdown.

The Delhi Gym Association appealed to all gym owners to sanitise their gym equipment. (Credit: India Today)

Amid dipping positivity rates in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government has decided to further relax lockdown restrictions which were imposed when the second wave of Covid-19 gripped the national capital region.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Saturday issued fresh guidelines for phase 5 of Delhi ‘unlock’. The relaxations will come into force from 5 am on Monday.

As per the new guidelines, gymnasiums and yoga institutes can operate with 50 per cent capacity in the national capital.

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For gym-goers, the Delhi Gym Association has announced a special offer. Chirag Sethi, Vice President of Delhi Gym Association said, “Gym lovers who have been administered at least the first dose of Covid vaccine will be given a special discount offer for membership.”

As per the new guidelines issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), gymnasiums and yoga institutes can operate at 50 per cent capacity from Monday.

The association has appealed to all gym owners to sanitise gym equipment and get their staff vaccinated. “Members will be given only one hour to workout. They can choose any time slot between 6 am to 10 pm,” said Chirag Sethi.

Recalling the days of lockdown, Sethi added, “If you see, in the last 14 months, our gyms were closed for eight months. We know how much we have earned in the rest of the six months and we need to extract the expenses of the remaining months.”

“Many gym owners are worried about paying salaries to their staff. Some are worried about paying rent and electricity bills. The gym has never become a hotspot for Covid-19, so it should not be kept closed for a long time,” he further added.

The Delhi Gym Association has urged the state government to give gymnasiums waivers on electricity and water bills. “This system can help all those people who are associated with providing gym equipment, outfits etc,” Sethi said.

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