Oxygen saturation levels to be checked before exercise in gym

The Union Health Ministry on Monday released guidelines for gyms and yoga institutes that are going to open from August 5 under Unlock-3 which they will have to follow. Reconciliation, only people with no symptoms will be allowed entry, follow physical distance, wear face shield while exercising as far as possible, and check oxygen saturation level with pulse oximeter before using equipment in the gym.

According to the guidelines, all yoga institutes and gyms located in the containment zones will remain closed, only gyms and yoga institutes located outside these zones will be allowed to open. The spa, sauna, steam bath, and swimming pool will remain closed. The guidelines also covered including placing the equipment.

Yoga institutions and gyms have been asked to plan according to four square meters of space per person. Before using the equipment in the gym, the person's middle finger will be sanitized with alcohol and his oxygen saturation level will be checked with a pulse oximeter. Those whose oxygen saturation is less than 95 percent will not be allowed to exercise.

Also, the center/state helpline/ambulance will be called and sent to the nearest hospital. Persons above 65 years of age, patient persons, pregnant women, and above 10 years. Children under age are advised not to use gyms located in closed spaces.

According to the guidelines, it is necessary to have a system of hand sanitizer and thermal screening at the entrance of all such places. Only the person wearing a mask or face cover will be given entry. To ensure adherence to physical distance, it has been suggested to set aside time for members of gyms and yoga institutions.

Also, a gap of 15 to 30 minutes should be kept between the two sessions so that the incoming and outgoing members do not get in touch. In yoga institutes, shoes and slippers will have to be removed outside the campus.

Also, the records of all members and visitors, their name, address and phone numbers will have to be kept. The guidelines also called for the promotion of card-based or contactless payments.