Oh! What a month we have had! The freedom of a sit-down coffee and a freshly poured pint of Guinness shall never be taken for granted again!
To be able to experience the little things again have been greatly embraced with excitement and enthusiasm by many across our community. However, as much as we can pretend the world has quickly returned to the comfortable normal we have longed to again hold, there remains a very large elephant in the room that can not so easily be ignored.
The virus remains an ever-present threat to the health and well-being of many within our community, and it will have no hesitation to quickly take back the many freedoms we have recently regained.
We have bargained our freedom at the cost of thoughtful and conscience acts of social distancing and hygienic practices. If we remain committed to adhering to such acts in this ‘new normal’, then we shall remain safe and free to continue our lives again.
To forget this, and we quickly return to a lifestyle that we hope to never encounter again. The people of Leicester will surely attest to this point.
It is here that frustration arises in the sight of so many people quickly returning back to past habits at cafes, restaurants and pubs that places a significant risk to these venues to their short and medium term trading capacity, and for some, they have already been forced to close down again less than a week after opening due to confirmed cases arising on the premises.
I know business owners worry of such a situation occurring to them, and for Miguel and the team, after four months away from the studio, the last thing they want to experience is all of their hard work fall apart because we as the studio fall back into the comfort zone after a few sessions back at our home of exercise.
The instructional material from Miguel and the team on how we must act within the studio is not optional advice, but instead, an obligation we all have to each other in protecting each other every day.
It is imperative that we all remember to –
- Sanitise our hands upon entry into the studio, and regularly throughout our time inside. This is the expectation of all retail outlets and should be part of our regular routine when out!
- Use the hygienic wipes provided to clean the equipment after use, and do not be afraid to ask for additional wipes if you feel it is necessary to ensure a safe and clean studio space.
- Always maintain a social distance of 2m in the studio. This will be the hardest demand to adhere too, but it is the most crucial one. Face masks are not suitable for exercise, so we must be smart and strict to the space we share with each other, and this requirement is arguably the most important one in keeping us all safe in the studio.
- We do not share anything in the studio anymore, specifically weights and boxing gloves.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. We will still be offering our youtube classes, and the best way to get back into the studio with us is to ensure there is a studio safe and ready to have you!
If we follow all these new conditions above while we are at the studio, then we will not only keep ourselves and our community safe – but we will ensure the studio is a safe and clean environment that will always be there for us to spend time in!
The importance of this is clear to Miguel, who stated –
“We are all extremely excited to return. Whilst some are apprehensive to the many changes we have had to make and their safety and wellbeing whilst in the studio, they can be rest assured we have taken every precaution to help reduce the risk. Exercise for many is an integral part of life which not only helps physical health but mental and allows individuals to have improved immune systems to help should they get sick.
We can’t wait to be back helping all our community but the safety of our staff and members is at the forefront of our minds and as such the policies we have implemented help serve the safety of the whole community. These have been difficult and testing times for all and the studio may not be the same as how you remember it when you left but please have patience, and understanding as we all adapt to the current new way of life.”
Other than that – All of us here at the studio cannot bloody wait to see you all again! Come in and say hello! It has been far too long, and we can’t wait to feel that buzz and excitement in the studio again!
Miguel & The Team,
Peak Physique Studios