A worker wearing PPE suit sanitizes gym equipment ahead of its reopening  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government has given permission to gym and fitness centres to reopen on the eve of Dussehra from today.
Interacting with representatives of various gyms and fitness centres in the state to set a standard operating procedure for their services, the CM also discussed preventive measures for COVID-19.
However, the government has not permitted other activities like steam bath, sauna, Zumba and Yoga, however, to remain shut.
Talking to the media, the CM said that gyms and fitness centres are for the welfare of citizens, so proper care should be taken to ensure there is no virus spread.
The MVA government is slowly reopening Maharashtra under Mission Begin Again by slowly lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
‘Safety measures paramount’
The owners have to ensure proper safety measures such as disinfecting premises every hour, physical distancing, sanitisation and use of masks are made mandatory.
He further said that the health checks of trainers and employees should be done on a regular basis.
The Maharashtra state government had earlier allowed outdoor centres for exercise and gymnastics to function from August 5, following social-distancing norms and hygiene protocols.
In July, the Centre had issued a notice allowing all gymnasiums and yoga institutes in the country to reopen from August 5, however, due to rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across India many states and cities decided to keep the doors shut.
As per the reports, gym owners had urged the government to allow reopening of their centres as they were taking a heavy financial hit.
Maharashtra records over 6,400 new coronavirus cases
On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 6,417 new COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths.
The state’s COVID tally climbed to 16,38,961, including 1,40,194 active cases, 14,55,107 recoveries and 43,152 deaths.
Mumbai recorded 1,257 new coronavirus cases, 898 recoveries, and 50 deaths.
The total cases in the state’s capital jumped to 2,50,061, including 19,554 active cases, 2,19,152 recoveries, and 10,016 deaths.