As London goes into Tier 3, businesses adjust once more, and this time you can go to the gym
Each time there’s a change to the Covid restrictions, the businesses in each sector scratch their heads, consult their trade bodies and work out the best they can do for their customers.
Gyms and health clubs suffered during the first lockdown, but since 2 December they’ve been regarded not as part of the hospitality industry but as their own separate sector, in recognition of the benefits they bring to people’s physical and mental health.
Ambi Devetta at the Hogarth Club explains what they can still do in Tier 3 and what they can’t.
Image above: Outdoor gym area; new tented gym space
We are open
Despite today’s announcement that London will move into the Tier 3 of Covid restrictions, at 00.01 on Wednesday, I can confirm that The Hogarth will continue to follow Covid secure protocols and remain open. In line with the Government’s decision to keep gyms open in Tier 3 for the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation, we are open as follows:
Gym / Pool / Tennis / Outdoor gym / Outdoor group classes / Medispa Clinic all OPEN. The cafe is open for takeaway food and drink only.
Indoor group exercise classes cannot open in Tier 3. However, the vast majority of other classes including BodyPump, HiiT and Body Conditioning will take place in our NEWLY COVERED outdoor exercise area, whilst Holistic classes such as Pilates and Yoga will be live streamed on Zoom.
Outdoor gym pods, Zoom classes and Hogarth Helpers
Lockdown 1.0 saw the launch of Hogarth Online where we ran classes virtually via Zoom as well as classes On Demand via our website or YouTube channel. These ranged from Yoga and Pilates to HIIT, Strength Training and Aerobics – we had something for everyone! Following government guidelines, we were then able to gradually bring back outdoor activities such as tennis, bookable outdoor gym pods and small outdoor classes of six. All were bookable online as we worked hard to also launch our brand new online members portal.
We also introduced our compassionate team of Hogarth Helpers, which we opened up to the local community to help support those most vulnerable or self-isolating. Our Hogarth Helpers looked after dogs, dropped off supplies and chatted over the phone to help out those in need.
Lockdown Two, we get into our stride
Lockdown 2.0 We ran our most comprehensive online timetable yet which was a great success. Our Studio Development Manager, Miranda and her team of dedicated instructors worked round the clock to prepare our almost complete timetable live in time for lockdown.
We also had our Hogarth Helpers on hand to help with any requests from vulnerable members of the community. Our Airedale Bar was able to remain open for takeaway only, as we had a rota of offers every day of the week!
Just as we were about to get going with our charity fundraiser for November – The Hogarth 500 for Sport in mind – it was announced that we were to go into lockdown. But this didn’t stop us! The Hogarth 500 was designed to be lockdown-proof and we were astounded at the efforts of our members and staff to keep active and support a much-needed charity.
Throughout November, teams of up to 6 were to row, run, walk or cycle 500 miles between them to raise money and awareness for Sport In Mind. Sport in Mind works to combat mental health issues and social isolation through sport and physical activity, in partnership with the NHS. Collectively, all 24 teams covered close to 15,000 miles and have raised just over £3,500!
Key safety measures
The safety of our members and staff is our number one priority, and while things will look a little different, we will continue to provide a premium and personal health and fitness experience. We will be incorporating extensive cleaning protocols and social distancing practices throughout the club. Our key measures include:
We have launched a brand new online booking system for members to book tennis, classes, swimming pool, spa pool, outdoor gym and now changing rooms to control numbers.
One way system and signage
We have designed an extensive one-way system laid out via signage throughout the club to limit member contact. Our safety signage also acts to remind members on how to practice safety and hygiene in the club.
New cleaning protocols
Foot pedal hand sanitiser dispensers and viricidal disinfectant cleaning equipment stations are located throughout the Club. Machines and equipment will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day by our in-house cleaning team, but members are encouraged to also wipe down any kit before and after use for extra precaution. Our housekeeping team has doubled in size and will be working round the clock, day and night, to disinfect commonly used areas of the club and complete daily deep cleaning.
Helios UV light cleaning robot
We have invested in a medical-grade cleaning robot that uses germicidal UV lamps to provide the required disinfection of the coronavirus and more. UV light cleaning robots are used in hospitals for maximum effective cleaning.
Live streamed classes
To allow for safe social distancing practice, our studios have been marked with floor signage to allow a limited amount of members in a class at one time. For those who would need to self isolate at home, we have invested in live streaming software for most indoor classes in Studios 1 and 2 to be accessible “virtually” via the members online booking portal and Zoom.
Modified air handling system
Our air handling system has been recalibrated to manage fresh air in and stale air out of the club on a regular basis. For further enhanced ventilation, we will be opening doors and windows every hour in the club to boost circulation.
We have made entry and payments throughout the Club contactless, redesigned the entire gym to allow for social distancing, The Airedale Bar has a new online ordering app – Dines and masks have been mandatory for staff to wear since we reopened back in July.
Chiswick Calendar Club Card members
Get in touch to find out more, we would love to meet you for a tour of the Club or discuss options over the phone or via email. We very much look forward to meeting you. The Hogarth Club is a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme, offering a discount on new memberships.
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See also: London goes into Tier 3
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