WFSGI, IHRSA Guidelines to Reopen Gyms Now Available in Multiple Languages

    The guidelines were developed by a working group, instigated and led by IHRSA, in cooperation with WFSGI and other Industry Federations and Experts.

    The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is pleased to announce that the global guidelines to reopen gyms, fitness studios and aquatic facilities in the context of COVID-19 has been made available in multiple language:

    The guidelines were developed by a working group, instigated and led by International Health, Racket & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), in cooperation with WFSGI and other Industry Federations and Experts.

    The members of the group include:

    • Kilian Fisher, International Public Policy Advisor, IHRSA
    • Helen Durkin, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, IHRSA
    • Andreas Paulsen, Executive Director, Europe Active
    • Professor Alfonso Jimenez, Europe Active
    • Emma Mason, Vice President for Strategic & External Affairs, WFSGI
    • Paul Hackett, Health & Safety Consultant
    • Paul Eigenmann, Standards Expert, Qualicert
    • Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director, IOC (International Olympic Committee)
    • Dr. Andrew Murray, Chief Medical Officer, European Tour Golf

    The group’s principal purpose was to adapt and tailor the WHO Advisory COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings, sporting events, and other risk assessment tools for application in the sports and fitness industry. Specifically, the group looked to offer advice to recreational sports clubs and facilities, such as gyms, fitness studios, sports halls, swimming pools, spa & wellness areas, and other ancillary facilities.

    WFSGI’s involvement in the Working Group has had two overarching purposes namely to help deliver practical guidance for gyms and fitness facilities to reopen safely so that:

    • members of the general public have the opportunity to return to these facilities to attain the recommended daily levels of physical activity and
    • elite athletes are able to return to these facilities to train.

    While the guidelines have been developed using the best information available, it is intended purely as guidance to be utilised at the user’s own risk and are provided ‘as is’ without any warranty and/or representations of any kind. No responsibility or liability is accepted by IHRSA, WFSGI, Europe Active or by any person (legal or natural) who has been in any way concerned with the development of the guidelines for their accuracy, content, completeness, legality or reliability. No warranties and/or representations of any kind are given as to the suitability or otherwise of the information to the user’s particular circumstances.

    For more information, please contact WFSGI of Strategic and External Affairs, Emma Mason at

    About the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry - WFSGI

    The WFSGI is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the industry representative within the Olympic Family. The WFSGI is an independent association with no objective of economic character for its own gain and formed by sports and sports-inspired leisure brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national/regional federations, industry and trade associations and all sporting goods industry related businesses. Our purpose is to represent and inspire the industry, to invest in innovation, promote physical activity, support free trade and do business in an ethical and sustainable way.

    As part of our mission we facilitate legally permissible communication and cooperation to enhance competitiveness and innovation. We seek to positively influence the way our products are manufactured, with a focus on people involved in the manufacturing and the environment. Our members are steering the direction of the industry. The future of the sporting goods industry begins with the professional networks that we support.