The Maharashtra government has given consent to gymnasiums and fitness centers to reopen from October 25, on the occasion of Hindu festival Dussehra, with certain limits amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray networked with representatives of various gyms and fitness centers in the state to set a standard functioning procedure for their services. Preventive measures for COVID-19 were discussed during the virtual meeting.

“Gyms and fitness centres work to keep citizens healthy, but we have to take all the precautions to ensure that the problem (spread of Covid-19) does not escalate. There is a significant number of gyms in the state and hence the SOP prepared by the state will have to be strictly followed. The responsibility of following the SOP will be on the owners and those found violating them will have to face strict action,” the CM said during the interaction.

Thackeray said that there is a decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases in the state. However, the CM emphasized on safeguarding that care needs to be taken to prevent a second wave, as seen in several European countries.

Gym and fitness centers in the state have been closed since March 23, after a complete lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Centre in July had dispensed a notice allowing all gymnasiums and yoga institutes in the country to reopen from August 5 but several states and cities had kept them shut due to rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Well, now since the permission to open gyms and fitness centers are granted, we hope that there are no negative repercussions out of this judgement.

 


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