4-meter distancing, no water fountains among alert level system guidelines on reopening of gyms, fitness studios

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 5) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued guidelines on the reopening of gyms and other fitness studios under the new alert level system.

Here are the salient points of the rules issued on Monday:

1. Establish a health screening area at the point/s of entry.

Establishments under Alert Level 4 can only open to fully vaccinated persons with no coronavirus-like symptoms. They must also show their COVID-19 vaccination card.

2. Enforce four-meter physical distancing between persons inside the gym and ensure the wearing of face masks at all times

3. Prohibit the use of water fountains, except for no-touch bottle refill stations

4. Disallow the conduct of group activity

5. Ensure adequate air exchange in enclosed spaces by implementing the strategies cited in the Labor department’s order 224-21 

6. Provide any of the following sanitation facilities or supplies:

- handwashing station with adequate and safe water supply

- soap and water or 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol

- hands-free trash cans, soap and towel dispensers, door openers, and other similar equipment

6. Install visual cues or signages on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus

7. Put up plastic barriers or similar equipment separating workers from customers

8. Provide personal protective equipment to all employees

9. Disinfect premises in accordance with the Health department’s Memorandum No. 2020-0157

10. Have a facility for proper management of personal protective equipment  and other infectious wastes

11. Assign a health safety officer who will ensure compliance with protocols at all times. Non-compliance with capacity limits or health standards shall serve as a ground for closure until the business establishment owners rectify the violation, DTI said.

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Currently, Metro Manila is the only region under the alert level system. It is under Alert Level 4 until October 15. Under Alert Level 4, gyms and fitness studios are allowed to open at 20% of capacity.