Gyms and fitness centres in Maharashtra are likely to open from October 25.
A day after allowing women to travel in local trains from October 17 during a fixed time slot, the Maharashtra government allowed gyms and fitness centres to resume operations after Dussehra. However, the state administration clearly mentioned that the operators need to strictly follow the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for COVID-19 protection.
With the new announcement, the closed gyms in Maharashtra are most likely to open from October 25. Though the Union government had allowed gyms to operate in its Unlock 5.0 guidelines, the Maharashtra government didn't allow gyms to reopen.
"Gymnasiums and fitness centres are for the welfare of citizens, so care should be taken to ensure that there is no virus spread. The SoPs should be strictly followed," PTI quoted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as saying while referring to standard operating procedures.
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Meanwhile, cinema theatres, religious places, swimming pools — which have been allowed to resume functioning elsewhere — are still not allowed to open in Maharashtra.
Under the new SOP, steam bath, sauna, Zumba and Yoga will remain suspended. Safety measures such as disinfecting premises at hourly interval, physical distancing, sanitisation and use of masks would be mandatory, the chief minister said, adding that health checks of trainers and staff should be done regularly.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government has allowed weekly markets, monorails, metro rails, and business-to-business exhibitions to gradually start functioning.
Also, Mumbai metro will start from October 19, while Monorail began operations from October 17. Since October 15, the number of Mumbai locals has been increased from October 15 and women passengers were allowed to travel on these locals.(With inputs from agencies)