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NSW government closes loophole that allowed unvaccinated people to attend outdoor gym classes

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NSW government closes loophole that allowed unvaccinated people to attend outdoor gym classes
NSW government closes loophole that allowed unvaccinated people to attend outdoor gym classes

Unvaccinated fitness fanatics will have to wait until December 1 to work out at gyms after the NSW Government corrected a loophole that would have allowed them to attend outdoor classes.

Millions of Sydneysiders will enjoy new freedoms from Monday when NSW opens up after hitting its 70 per cent double-jab target, ending a tough four-month lockdown

However, the freedoms are only on offer for those who have received both jabs, with a mistake in the health orders allowing gyms to offer outdoor workouts for the unvaccinated now fixed, 7 News reported.

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities are set to reopen on Monday under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people who are double jabbed.

A previous mistake in the health orders which allowed gyms in NSW to offer workouts outside for the unvaccinated has now been fixed (pictured Sydneysiders work out outdoors during lockdown

A previous mistake in the health orders which allowed gyms in NSW to offer workouts outside for the unvaccinated has now been fixed (pictured Sydneysiders work out outdoors during lockdown

Typical conditions of entry for Sydney gyms on October 11

All staff and users must be double vaccinated 

Bring your own towel, mat and water  (No towel, no entry) 

Show vaccination status before entry (partial or unvaccinated means no entry)

Have your temperature scanned by staff

Sanitize hands/wash hands on entry

Wear a mask unless out of breath 

Class sizes to be capped so book prior 

Wash hands before and after using machines

Wipe down and clean every piece of equipment before and after use 

Do not place bare hands on the ground – that’s what your mat is for

Maintain a safe distance between you and other members 

 Based on Fernwood gym guidelines

Gyms that have committed to following NSW Health rules for next Monday’s reopening include franchise chains Fitness First, Fernwood, F45, Jetts 24/7, Fitness Playground, 98 Gym, World Gym, UFC Gyms, Premier Health and Fitness, and popular single operators Beach Fit Bondi and City Gym.

Government guidelines say to use a gym from next Monday you must prove you are double vaccinated and wear a mask unless out of breath, take your own towel and in many cases submit to a temperature scan.

Jetts 24 Hour Fitness at St Leonards could be the first place to go for a proper gym workout, vowing to re-open at 12.01am on Monday morning. 

Its members have been asked to ‘upload’ their vaccination passport for approval before then.

Fitness First is also asking customers to do the same – or ‘provide proof of medical exemption before they can get back to training in the gym’.

Fitness Playground sites in Sydney’s inner west will also be among the first up and running. 

A weights class will be run at Marrickville at 6am on Monday October 11 and a high intensity training class will start at the same time at Newtown.

Fitness playground franchisees will also continue zoo classes for the unvaccinated and those fearful of Covid.

But a handful of gyms have refused the chance to re-open on that date, including Hardcore Gym 24/7 in Carlton.

It rejected the chance to re-open next Monday as a stand against mandatory vaccines. 

‘The vaccination passport goes against our values, not only as business owners, but also as humans that are part of a free society. We value people before profit,’ Hardcore Gym’s owners said in a statement.

Under the official NSW Health guidelines, residents who are unvaccinated can only return to the gym on December 1.  

Sydneysiders will finally be freed from a gruelling four-month lockdown on Monday after surpassing 70 per cent double dosed coverage

Sydneysiders will finally be freed from a gruelling four-month lockdown on Monday after surpassing 70 per cent double dosed coverage

The state’s newest premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday revealed even more changes would be made to the roadmap.

As part of the new plans, indoor gatherings will be capped at 10 people up from five, not counting children under 12. Outdoor gatherings will be lifted to 30 people, up from 20. 

For weddings and funerals, 100 people can attend.

NSW indoor swimming pools will also be able to open for lessons, training and rehabilitation activities.

Restrictions will ease further when 80 per cent of the adult population is fully jabbed, expected around October 25.

That’s when 3,000 people will be allowed at ticketed outdoor events and nightclubs can reopen, but without dancing.

Masks also won’t be required in office buildings in an attempt to encourage workers back into Sydney’s CBD.

These freedoms will only be made available to the unvaccinated on December 1.

Restaurants and bars are preparing for customers to return to their venues

Restaurants and bars are preparing for customers to return to their venues

There was speculation NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant did not fully support Mr Perrottet’s change to the roadmap after she was missing from Thursday’s press conference. 

The state’s deputy premier Paul Toole earlier on Friday hit back at the claims Dr Chant refused to endorse the new premier’s revisions. 

‘No, that’s not the case,’ he told Sunrise. ‘I had a crisis cabinet the day before and Kerry Chant was in the meeting. We don’t make decisions without the support of NSW Health or Dr Kerry Chant.’    

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Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s freedom plan will kick off after the state hits 70 per cent of adults double dosed 

Gatherings in the home and public spaces

· Up to ten visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).

· Up to 30 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

· Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.

· Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).

· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.

· Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

· Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities

· Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.

· Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.

· Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

· Indoor swimming pools open for lessons, squad training, lap swimming and rehab activities only 

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

· Up to 100 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.

· Up to 100 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.

· For those not fully vaccinated lower caps of 5 and ten apply for weddings and funerals. 

· Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with performers exempt from ban on singing.

· Ten person cap on choirs in places of worship and at religious services, with all performers to be fully vaccinated 

Travel

· The 5km radius will be dropped but Sydneysiders can only travel within greater Sydney – including the Central Coast, Wollongong and Blue Mountains. 

· Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.

· Carpooling will be permitted.

Non-vaccinated young people aged under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings but will only be able to visit indoor venues with members of their household.

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.

There will be revised guidance on isolation for close and casual contacts who are fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.

Masks

· Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.

· Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.

· Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.