England’s COVID-19 guidelines for gyms, spas, and sports recommend additional space

The government has published operational guidance for the gym, leisure, and sport sectors recommending strong ventilation and additional space.

This comes after their announcement that grassroots sport could restart on the 11th July, and that gyms, spas, and indoor pools will follow on the 25th of July. 

The guidance sets out how to work, operate and participate in exercise, sport and leisure activities safely in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. Much of the document provides practical advice on how to maintain social distancing in an active environment, while some of the guidelines point towards measures that may not be possible for those with smaller and less advanced facilities.

Under section 4.5 Common Areas, the government stipulates that a safe environment can be maintained by “Creating additional space by using other parts of the working area or building that have been freed up by remote working.” This, however, may not be an option for many that must follow this guidance.

Rubb can provide a quick, easy, and inexpensive solution for this with our temporary and permanent fabric structures. The flexible nature of Rubb structures make them an ideal solution for pop-up facilities, ranging from additional gym space, to an extra cafe area.

Ventilation is another focus of the guidance, as it is an “important part of mitigating against the transmission of COVID-19.” For this reason, the government recommend the following, which may not be possible for existing traditional structures:

  • Increasing the existing ventilation rate by fully opening dampers and running fans on full speed
  • Operating the ventilation system 24 hours a day
  • Increasing the frequency of filter changes
  • Ventilation systems should provide 100% fresh air and not recirculate air from one space to another.

Rubb buildings can be fitted with a wide range of highly effective HVAC options. As standard, the Rubb building is supplied with vent openings in the gables to allow some natural ventilation. Other openings can be positioned in the sidewalls to provide a higher level of natural ventilation. These openings can be fitted with ventilation fans to provide the recommended number of air changes per hour, to suit the activity within the building.

These guidelines set an important precedent for the country’s fitness, leisure, and sport sector, and may lead to some serious adjustments being made to workflows and facilities. To read the guidlines in full, click here.

To find out more about how Rubb can help your business prepare COVID-19 measures, click here.