PH Fitness Alliance protests against alert blockages


THE NAMES may have changed, but for the fitness industry the advocacy remains the same.

A day after the Palais formalized a new four-tier alert system to implement more localized blockades (which will come into effect today, September 16), a consortium of gyms again issued a statement protesting continued industry shutdowns in the face of the COVID -19 crisis.

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“The Philippine Fitness Alliance is disappointed with the latest quarantine classifications for Metro Manila prohibiting overcrowded and close contact closed industries (3CS) including gyms and fitness centers from resuming operations below the level of. alert 4, ”the organization said.

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Metro Manila is currently at Alert Level 4. As per IATF guidelines, gyms and establishments such as libraries, indoor sports studios, museums, cinemas, theaters, bars, theme, cybercafés, arcades remain prohibited in the metro.

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The PFA, formed just this year, counts Anytime Fitness, Celebrity Fitness, Fitness First, Gold’s Gym, Slimmer’s World and UFC Gym among its members.

A year and a half of closures and brief reopenings, the alliance said, has had a “devastating impact” on the businesses of their members.

Echoing its appeal to the government last June, the organization once again displayed its “vigilance” in the implementation of government health protocols inside establishments, including social distancing, the wearing of face masks and the limitation of overall capacity.

“This vigilance has so far not resulted in any on-site transmission in gyms and fitness centers,” the PFA said.

He continued, “Despite all of these efforts, gyms have unfortunately been seen as a high-risk environment for the spread of COVID-19.”

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The PFA protested the continued shutdown of the industry, writing: “There is an abundance of research from about [the] world showing the critical need for physical activity to improve the well-being, physical and mental health of an individual and reduce the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and stroke.

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He added: “Research published by the World Economic Forum also shows that regular physical activity is essential to increase the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine.”

Gyms have also touted their employees’ vaccination rates, as well as the fact that all of their fitness channels have the Department of Trade and Industry fitness seal.

“About 95 percent of our staff have been fully immunized and are on track to reach 100 percent in the coming month, subject to further updates to the LGU vaccine deployment schedule,” he said. he stated in his press release.

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