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“Classify gyms and fitness centers as an essential service” – Tony Doherty.

Tony Doherty is a very influential figure in the bodybuilding and fitness community.

With the Covid-19 crisis hitting business hard in Australia, especially in Melbourne, Victoria, gyms are no exception.

Tony Doherty published a message on his official Facebook and Instagram page contradicting the claims from Melbourne, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, classifying gyms as “High Risk” and a “non-essential service” in Melbourne, Victoria.

Doherty stated solid facts on how the Chief Health Officer is totally misinformed about the importance of gyms.

To fight Covid-19, you have to have a healthy immune system. Exercising on a regular basis, can help prevent people from getting infected.

Another important fact about gyms is that many use it to keep healthy mentally. It is the second home to many and literally the only place where some members interact with people.

Taking all this away from the majority of the population can have very negative effects on the lives of people.

Regarding safety, Doherty states the strict procedures every member goes through when entering the gym facilities.

Compared to restaurants in Melbourne, Victoria, Gyms have some of the strictest safety regulations in relation to Covid-19.

Tony’s message will surely be heard and he asks that the bodybuilding and fitness community, especially in Australia to share his message.




Tony Doherty’s Message

“I’ve held back but it’s time to speak out.
Please share and repost because we need to be heard.
We really need to reclassify gyms and fitness centers as an essential service.
Despite the incredible ignorance of the chief health officer, stating that gyms are ‘a high risk setting and that they cause outbreaks’. That is just not true.
Data collected by Fitness Australia across over 500 gyms in NSW that have reopened since June, show that there have been over 7 million visits without a single recorded case of community transmission.
Despite the ignorance of politicians and people that don’t work out, going to the gym is so much more than physical fitness.
It provides a coping mechanism for millions of Australians to keep their mental health in check, to keep depression and anxiety at bay. In many cases it is the single thread that holds so many people’s lives together.
Exercise obviously keeps you healthy and boosts your immune system.
There are so many reasons that make gyms safer, more hygienic and cleaner than the Victorian premier and his chief health officer could begin to understand.
From the contact tracing issue, we are so far ahead of every other industry.
Members swipe in with a fob that provides their name, phone number, photograph, address and date of birth. It tells us what time they enter the gym to the very minute. It also can trace every single person that is in the facility at any given time.
When we go to the supermarket or bottle shop, there is no identification check, not even a sign in system.
Compared to last time Victoria was able to have their businesses open, with restaurants shops etc.
We were able to enter shops with no check in. Cafes and restaurants by signing in on a clipboard. A clipboard not sanitized, with the same pen that everybody else used without the offer of hand sanitizer to follow.
When people enter our gyms they check-in and they have to sanitize their hands before they enter. Every machine or bench is 1.5m apart. Every second cardio machine is switched off and taped up so they can’t be used to adhere with social distancing.
We have hygiene stations everywhere, with disposable paper towel and hospital grade disinfectant. Members must wipe down every bench, handle, barbell and dumbbell after every single set.
We have been in the sweat business for a long time, hand sanitizer in our gyms has been standard for 12 years, not 12 weeks.
As an industry we have not been consulted, advised or considered.
I hope that someone in government gets to read this and at least reach out for an open discussion.
I am here for every gym owner, personal trainer and family business that has been decimated by this blatant and now targeted ignorance.” – Tony Doherty

Read More: Gyms are not a “high risk setting” or “cause outbreaks”: Industry challenges Professor Sutton commentary

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I’ve held back but it’s time to speak out. Please share and repost because we need to be heard. We really need to reclassify gyms and fitness centres as an essential service. Despite the incredible ignorance of the chief health officer, stating that gyms are ‘a high risk setting and that they cause outbreaks’. That is just not true. Data collected by Fitness Australia across over 500 gyms in NSW that have reopened since June, show that there have been over 7 million visits without a single recorded case of community transmission. Despite the ignorance of politicians and people that don’t work out, going to the gym is so much more than physical fitness. It provides a coping mechanism for millions of Australians to keep their mental health in check, to keep depression and anxiety at bay. In many cases it is the single thread that holds so many people’s lives together. Exercise obviously keeps you healthy and boosts your immune system. There are so many reasons that make gyms safer, more hygienic and cleaner than the Victorian premier and his chief health officer could begin to understand. From the contact tracing issue, we are so far ahead of every other industry. Members swipe in with a fob that provides their name, phone number, photograph, address and date of birth. It tells us what time they enter the gym to the very minute. It also can trace every single person that is in the facility at any given time. When we go to the supermarket or bottle shop, there is no identification check, not even a sign in system. Compared to last time Victoria was able to have their businesses open, with restaurants shops etc. We were able to enter shops with no check in. Cafes and restaurants by signing in on a clipboard. A clipbord not sanitised, with the same pen that everybody else used without the offer of hand sanitiser to follow. When people enter our gyms they check-in and they have to sanitise their hands before they enter. Every machine or bench is 1.5m apart. Every second cardio machine is switched off and taped up so they can’t be used to adhere with social distancing. We have hygiene stations everywhere, with disposable paper towel and hospital g

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