As a part of the second phase of sporting facilities reopening Abu Dhabi Sport Council (ADSC) announced that the indoor sporting activities would resume across the Abu Dhabi emirate starting from July 1. The to be reopened facilities include gymnasiums, if the trainers, staff and gym-goers adhere to the precautionary guidelines and measures.
The gymnasiums are instructed to allow up to 40% of capacity and can be opened for 7 days a week and 24 hours. Children above 12 years are allowed and adults up to 60 years.
The reopening indoor facilities include fitness centres for men and women, bodybuilding facilities, yoga centres, bowling allies, and billiards and snooker halls.
For the gym-goers prescribed guidelines include regular thermal checks, both before and during the gym session, mandatory wearing of masks and gloves at all times and regular changing them. Furthermore, the gym members are required to practice social distancing of at least 2 metres at all times. Everybody is required to carry their own personal hygiene items and to train individually, with exception of group training sessions.
All the indoor sporting activities must be carried on as per the precautionary measures and preventive rules. They must be done in cooperation with National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management, Abu Dhabi Health Department, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Urban Planning Department, the Municipalities and Abu Dhabi Media Office.
The second stage is an extension of the first stage of reopening. It incorporates a set of controls and procedures meant for the sports facilities, players, technical staff and practitioners. The first phase of reopening was successful and witnessed large scale cooperation from the communities and their commitment towards the safe reopening.
ADSC extends recommendations to all the sports facilities and clubs that they adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures meant for security, health and safety standards that are in accordance to the COVID-19. The sports facilities are required to ensure proper precautionary measures are in place before they are set to reopen, and have prior approval of the inspection committee.