The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is pleased to announce that the global guidelines to re-open gyms, fitness studios and aquatic facilities in the context of COVID-19 has been made available in multiple language:

The guidelines were developed by a working group, instigated and led by International Health, Racket & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), in cooperation with WFSGI and other Industry Federations and Experts.

The members of the group include:

  • Kilian Fisher, International Public Policy Advisor, IHRSA
  • Helen Durkin, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, IHRSA
  • Andreas Paulsen, Executive Director, Europe Active
  • Professor Alfonso Jimenez, Europe Active
  • Emma Mason, Vice President for Strategic & External Affairs, WFSGI
  • Paul Hackett, Health & Safety Consultant
  • Paul Eigenmann, Standards Expert, Qualicert
  • Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director, IOC (International Olympic Committee)
  • Dr. Andrew Murray, Chief Medical Officer, European Tour Golf

The group’s principal purpose was to adapt and tailor the WHO Advisory COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings, sporting events, and other risk assessment tools for application in the sports and fitness industry. Specifically, the group looked to offer advice to recreational sports clubs and facilities, such as gyms, fitness studios, sports halls, swimming pools, spa & wellness areas, and other ancillary facilities.

WFSGI’s involvement in the Working Group has had two overarching purposes namely to help deliver practical guidance for gyms and fitness facilities to re-open safely so that:

  • members of the general public have the opportunity to return to these facilities to attain the recommended daily levels of physical activity and
  • elite athletes are able to return to these facilities to train.

While the guidelines have been developed using the best information available, it is intended purely as guidance to be utilised at the user’s own risk and are provided ‘as is’ without any warranty and/or representations of any kind. No responsibility or liability is accepted by IHRSA, WFSGI, Europe Active or by any person (legal or natural) who has been in any way concerned with the development of the guidelines for their accuracy, content, completeness, legality or reliability. No warranties and/or representations of any kind are given as to the suitability or otherwise of the information to the user’s particular circumstances.