David Lloyd Clubs in Scotland reopens today after five months- health and fitness club has redesigned its spacious clubs to create second gym areas-
- leisure group well-placed to operate to new safety standards having reopened 115 clubs in seven other territories -
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that health clubs and gyms can reopen, David Lloyd Leisure, Europe’s largest health, fitness and racquets group is delighted to welcome its members and team back into its eight clubs in Scotland after five months of closure.
David Lloyd Leisure operates 123 clubs across the UK and mainland Europe and employs a team of 600 in Scotland with 40,000 members. Its facilities include spacious gyms, group exercise classes, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts. Following guidance from the local government, it has successfully reopened its other clubs during late June and July, and so is well-placed to operate its Scottish Clubs safely and smoothly.
It is uniquely placed to operate within the new safety guidelines, as the Clubs are located in suburban areas, many spread over 100,000sq ft with large outdoor areas. By using its large indoor and outdoor spaces, David Lloyd Leisure has redesigned the layout of its clubs allowing it to offer a wide breadth of facilities and exceed the two metre social distancing guidelines.
All Scottish clubs are operating with a second gym area, providing maximum space and a comfortable experience for members. It will also only be using a proportion of the equipment in the large gyms to ensure social distancing.
There will be outdoor and indoor exercise spaces for group exercise and allowing generous social distancing of at least two metres with longer gap in between classes to allow for a deep cleaning process. Numbers of people in the clubs’ indoor, outdoor and kids swimming pools are carefully monitored and limited, and lane swimmers are asked to keep 5ms apart.
Other measures include significantly increasing the number of cleaning staff who are cleaning throughout the day. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided for teams, and company has sourced cleaning materials and hand sanitiser, both of which exceed the recommended grades suggested. Plastic screens have been installed in reception and there is restricted access to turnstiles to manage capacities.
Every member of the team has been trained to be aware, and take personal responsibility, for ensuring the quality and maintenance of the highest standards of health and safety within the clubs.
Michelle Chambers-Cran, regional manager for Scotland said; “It’s a big day today as we welcome our much-valued members and team back to our clubs. So many have told us how much they have missed the club during lockdown and its great that our communities are now reunited. Physical and mental fitness is more important than ever, as it has been proven to be key to enhancing the immune system, protecting people from this virus and illnesses generally. We are delighted that we are able to once again offer our wide range of facilities and expertise to support our members’ wellbeing.”
She continued; “Our teams have worked tirelessly for weeks to redesign our spacious clubs to allow for social distancing as well as put in place rigorous health and hygiene processes. We’ve redesigned our layouts to ensure that strict social distancing and safety measures can be easily adhered to, while making sure that our members still have an enjoyable experience with us.
During lockdown, the operator also launched David Lloyd Clubs @Home, a digital health and fitness club offering over 750 live exercise classes during the four month closure, plus on demand workouts, activities for children and health and wellbeing advice from its team of experts. Available via the David Lloyd Clubs App, it will continue to be offered free of charge to members.
About David Lloyd Leisure Group:
The David Lloyd Leisure Group has 123 clubs - 100 clubs in the UK and a further 23 clubs across Europe, comprising its two brands David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs (of which there are three in West London). In Scotland David Lloyd Clubs operates eight clubs – three in Glasgow (West End, Rouken Glen and Renfrew), two in Edinburgh (Corstophine and Newhaven), plus Hamilton, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Summary of measures implemented:
We are closely following government guidelines in each country we operate in and working with the industry body UKActive, to provide a safe environment to train in and facilitate social distancing. Measure include:
• Using our ample space effectively – our clubs in Scotland will have a second gym area on indoor tennis courts allowing for generous social distancing, workout areas of 3m x 3m providing maximum safety and a comfortable experience.
• Where we are not able to move equipment, will take a proportion of equipment out of use to ensure social distancing.
• We are limiting bookings/numbers for group exercise classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Members will be spaced at 2.5m apart.
• We are reducing the number of members in certain areas of the club to minimise congestion and ensure members and team members can practice social distancing.
• We have introduced plastic screens to reception desks
• We are asking members and team members to remain a safe distance apart in line with current social distancing guidelines.
• We are using signage, including clear floor markings to help members to remain apart, and team members will be on hand throughout our clubs to support.
Upweighted our cleaning processes:
All cleaning is carried out with a fully viricidal disinfectant cleaner, certified to kill enveloped viruses (including Covid-19) within 60 seconds.
• We have increased the number of cleaning staff we employ, with particular attention being paid to areas of high traffic.
• We have introduced sanitisation stations across the Club, and have increased the amount of sanitiser spray and disposable blue paper available to members to further encourage them to wipe down and clean equipment before and after use.
• We have introduced extra time between classes to allow us to fully clean all areas between classes.
• All team members have been trained on our new ways of working for cleaning and social distancing and all will be responsible for cleaning and sanitising around the Club.
Safety of our team:
• We have completed Covid-19 workshops so the whole team is on board and understand what is required of them for us to safely run our Clubs.
• Team members have been told they should not leave home if they display any Covid-19 symptoms
• The team will be washing their hands before their shift, after completing cleaning tasks and frequently throughout shifts.
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to team members. Disposable gloves and aprons will be worn when completing any cleaning.
• Social distancing rules apply to team members too. We have re-organised offices and rotas to ensure social distancing can be achieved.
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