COVID-19 Vaccine and the Return to “Normal”
As vaccines become available to more people, many are wondering if it's finally okay to take off the mask, to gather in large groups, or go back to the normal pre-pandemic life. But when it comes to gyms—or running any business—many owners are wondering if they should continue to enforce certain safety protocols or even if they should require employees and perhaps even members to be vaccinated.
Well, what we can share is that many health clubs have decided to continue requiring the usage of masks and enforce social distancing across the country to make sure that members and staff are and also feel safe. In addition, many clubs have taken an approach to gradually lessen or decrease safety protocols and increase occupancy over time.
That said, in a recent episode of Consider This from NPR, Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Monica Gandhi shared their expert advice on what to do after getting your vaccine. We'll include a link to this in the video description, but two things stood out to us. The first is that both Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Wen agree that until we get to a point where cases are significantly lower, even those vaccinated should continue to social distance and wear a mask when possible. However, they also mentioned letting those who are fully vaccinated go on about their normal lives, including returning to gyms.
Insurance Specialists Still Consider Fitness Industry a Good Investment
Even though many of us got into this industry to help people live healthier and happier lives, we still have businesses to run. So it's always great to hear when companies and organizations outside of fitness talk about our industry as a good investment. The latest of these are the insurance specialists over at PolicyAdvice. In fact, in a recent article, they shared over 19 statistics about the fitness industry, and concluded that people all across the world are keener on exercising now more than ever, and they believe the fitness industry has numerous development opportunities throughout Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
It can be really easy to get trapped looking at all the hardships over the last year and all the bad news, so I want to leave you with this little bit of positivity today.