No sweat, we are ready


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 15 Jun 2020

Koay (in white) and his colleagues disinfecting the bowling balls at the centre. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

IT’S time to hit the gym and fitness studios again.

Operators will be reopening their doors today after taking a break for nearly three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gym manager Kevin Too, 30, said only 30 members would be allowed into the gym at any one time to prevent overcrowding.

He added that each member would be allowed to spend only an hour at the gym.

“Members who walk in without prior appointment will have to wait if there are already 30 people inside, ” said Too at the gym in Penang Road yesterday.

“We advise members to make an appointment first before turning up.

“We have also prepared disinfectant for members to sanitise the equipment before and after usage.

“Our staff will monitor the situation from time to time to ensure the equipment is clean and safe for the next member to use.

“We will open all the windows at the gym for better ventilation.”

It was earlier reported that the Federal Government was allowing the reopening of gymnasiums, indoor halls and arenas starting today, with the operators required to register with the International Trade and Industry (Miti).

Too said they had cleaned, sanitised and tested all equipment at the gym to ensure safety.

“We placed all equipment at least 1m apart to prevent body contact.

Too disinfecting a treadmill at the gym in Penang Road.Too disinfecting a treadmill at the gym in Penang Road.

“Before the customers come in, we will take their body temperature, register their details and provide them with hand sanitiser, ” he said.

Too said they would brief their members on the latest standard operating procedure (SOP).

“Our staff will help members familiarise themselves with the SOP during their first few visits as we believe some members will be unsure about the latest guidelines, ” he said.

Gym management adviser Hamid Kareen, 35, said all the staff members were required to sit for a written examination to ensure they fully understand the SOP.

“No team buddy workout is allowed and all customers must bring their own towel or buy new towels here.

“Our staff will be monitoring things from time to time to make sure that the customers maintain a social distance of between 1m and 3m.

“To control the virus from spreading, customers will have to be disciplined, ” he said.

Meanwhile, bowling centre manager Koay Boon Keong, 34, said only 20 bowlers were allowed at the centre at any one time, with each lane catering to a maximum of three bowlers.

“We have 20 lanes here but we will only operate on alternate lanes to ensure social distancing.

“We will sanitise the bowling balls and seats immediately after the customers leave.

“Bowlers have to register via the PGCare app and if they do not have a smartphone, they have to jot down their details in our notebook.

“We will take their temperature and provide them with hand sanitiser.

“There are social distancing markings on the floor for customers making payment and renting their bowling shoes.

“Every customer who rents the shoes from us must put on their socks.

“We will disinfect the shoes once the customers return them to us, ” he said.

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