Operation of fitness centers during the COVID-19 pandemic: opinions of Brazilian managers
The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted sports-related professionals. Brazilian fitness centers remained closed between March and July, resulting in a large number of professionals being dismissed. Although our country is still far from overcoming COVID-19, fitness centers are back in operation. In this study, we interviewed gym managers to understand the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic and identify strategies to reduce the chances of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. We considered 85 responses via a Google Forms questionnaire and identified that disinfection of the environment and availability of 70% alcohol were in consensus. There was also agreement on social distancing, mask use, and temperature assessment. Our main concern relates to social distancing, which seems unfeasible in environments focused on sports practice. We believe that these measures may difficult virus circulation, but may be insufficient to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. Finally, the measures imposed by Brazilian state governors to restrict opening hours may worsen the implementation of social distancing in fitness centers.
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