COVID-19 Update 12/5/20
To : All of the Clem Jones Centre Family
Just a quick update for all of our members and patrons on activities at the Centre since our last communications on 7 April and 27 April.
As everyone would be aware, the Queensland Government released its “Roadmap to easing of Queensland’s restrictions” on Friday 8 May.
Stage 1 which essentially takes effect from Saturday 16 May 2020 provides that gatherings of up to 10 people (including coaches, trainers, instructors) is permissible for ;
- outdoor non-contact activities
- personal training
- indoor and outdoor pools
- parks, playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms
In breaking down our primary activities, the devil is always in the detail and upon further investigation, the Clem Jones Centre will respond as follows ;
Clearly the Terry Mackenroth Community Gymnasium will remain closed during Stage 1 as indoor gyms are not permitted to open, however, we do have the ability to conduct outdoor boot camps which we have interpreted as any Group Fitness Class for up to 10 people (including instructor).
Giselle is currently preparing a timetable of group fitness classes to be held at the Centre effective from Tuesday 19 May and will publish the timetable on Sunday weekly.
Memberships will remain suspended until we are able to provide a broader service to members.
In many cases, our Gym Instructors on JobKeeper support will take classes and therefore there is no incremental cost to the Centre.
Rather than reactivating memberships, we will charge a nominal participation fee for those attending classes – $10.00 which will be collected upon entry to the Centre via the aquatic complex entry on Zahel Street. In terms of payment we would prefer EFTPOS rather than cash if that is possible.
We will hold classes at the pool complex as we have access to “old gym” equipment, shade and toilet facilities. Please note that change rooms and showers are not to be used and also that Kids Club will not be available.
Participants can ring the Centre between 8am and 9am on 33982017 to book the day prior to scheduled class they wish to attend and when attending there will be a registration / induction process to be followed.
What will be extremely important is that we adhere to the primary conditions we have become used to over the past few weeks being ;
- Social distancing – 1.5m
- 4m2 of space per person
- Hand hygiene
- Do not attend if sick
We would also recommend tracking and tracing capacity via the download of the COVID-safe app.
The rest is up to us in ensuring a high level of environmental cleaning and disinfection.
It is also noted that Personal Training is permitted (outdoors) in Stage 1 and we are currently formulating our thinking around these activities.
This is going to be really tricky in terms of managing customer expectations.
Clearly, as a not for profit community organisation, there is a balance between our community duty and what is economically viable.
The detail behind the opening of pool facilities in Stage 1 is as follows ;
- One person per lane.
- A maximum of 10 per pool.
- Change rooms and showers must remain closed although toilets can be open.
- Users must shower with soap before and after swimming (at home).
It is therefore our view that it is uneconomical to open and heat any of our pools for member / public access during Stage 1, particularly when the heating cost of our pools is in the vicinity of $15k per month and such small numbers of users is permitted.
Aqua Aerobics is just not possible with the restrictions that have been announced.
Our pools will therefore remain closed until at least 12 June 2020 when Stage 2 restrictions are released in more detail.
We are monitoring on a daily basis further advice from government and from our peak bodies being Fitness Australia and Swimming Australia that could impact our current thinking regarding the use of our gymnasium and pool facilities.
I know from the number of phone calls, text messages and voicemail messages received that it is now becoming extremely frustrating for our friends of the Centre and we recognise how important the Centre is to the physical and mental wellbeing of our customers.
We all just want to get back to business. I am only guessing but I have a feeling that if we see limited or no new cases of COVID-19 during the next four weeks of the Stage 1 easing, it could be that the Queensland Government will bring forward some of the Stage 3 freedoms in the Stage 2 easing on 12 June 2020 – we can only hope !
Steve and the Team