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Extra space and lots of cleaning: how fitness has changed as spaces reopen

By Matt Bungard

June 12, 2020 — 5.06pm

"Gyms, fitness studios and massage parlours are open for business - but instead of hanging around chatting or stretching, people will be ushered out for cleaning crews to swoop and ensure the space remains safe.

Fitness and exercise classes are capped at a maximum of 20 people, and gyms are permitted to hold up to 100 if there are four square metres of space per person. Casey Castro with students Manuela Palumbo and Adette Kagan as Sydney Yoga Collective prepares to re-open.CREDIT:STEVEN SIEWERT“It was very exciting and nervewracking at the same time," Casey Castro, who owns Sydney Yoga Collective in Bondi Junction, said of reopening.

“We have to minimise touching. We’ve got markers on the floor which are socially distanced - there’s minimal contract and we have a very strict cleaning policy.”

She said the studio partnered with a cleaning company to ensure clients would have a safe and sanitised space to work in. “We’re not a hot yoga studio so we’re fairly gentle in terms of getting sweaty - it’s more on the meditative side. The worst thing we have to worry about is someone sneezing,” Ms Castro said.


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