State by state, premiers are slowly announcing the relaxing of isolation laws – allowing gyms and bootcamps to slowly reopen across Australia. Given lower than expected COVID-19 infection rates, South Australia has brought forward the date that gyms can open their doors to June 5th. Here’s a full list of reopening dates for every state and territory.
The curve is flattening faster and harder than we may have expected, which is very good news for those Australians dying to get back to the gym. South Australia has announced a date for gyms and fitness studios to reopen – June 5th, three days earlier than initially stated.
Early estimates on gyms reopening put national open dates at September, but due to the effectiveness of social distancing measures and the continued decline of coronavirus infections, we may be back in our favourite barre, HIIT or F45 class months sooner than Spring. Until then, we’ll have to thank our lucky stars for the plethora of online workouts available to help keep us fit (and sane).
As each state and territory determines how and when social isolation restrictions will ease, there is no nation-wide date to mentally work towards.
Like what you see? Sign up to our bodyandsoul.com.au newsletter to read more stories like this.
Here are the current restrictions and expected reopen dates for gyms and fitness studios in Australia:
Gyms in South Australia will reopen: June 5th
The SA state government has announced that gyms and fitness studios will be able to officially reopen from Friday June 5th, three days earlier than expected. 20 patrons at a time will be allowed with the premises. The same lifting of restrictions will apply to beauty and nail salons.
Gyms in New South Wales will reopen: Stage 2, not yet announced
New South Wales is set to reopen when the state is cleared to go to Stage 2 of restrictions roll-back, but a date has not been set as yet. Currently, residents are permitted to workout outside in groups of 10 or less, so bootcamps are back in operation as are one-on-one personal training sessions. However gyms, studios and sporting clubs are not.
Gyms in Victoria will reopen: Stage 2, not yet announced
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has stated that gyms can reopen, like NSW, when the state reaches Stage 2 – but no date has been given for that as yet. At the moment, Victorians can exercise outside, as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to – including sports like football, fishing, golf and athletics with up to 10 players. Unlike in NSW, Victorians are urged not to use outdoor fitness equipment.
Gyms in Queensland will reopen: June 13
Queenslanders are expected to re-enter gyms on June 13th when the states goes into Stage 2 of their easing of restrictions roadmap. Currently Queensland residents can exercise outside in groups of 10 or less, participate in personal training sessions use public pools and play non-contact sports.
Gyms in the ACT will reopen: Stage 2, not yet announced
Gyms and fitness studios are set to reopen when the ACT is cleared to go to Stage 2 of restrictions roll-back, but a date has not been set as yet. Currently, residents are permitted to workout outside in groups of 10 or less, so bootcamps are back in operation – as are one-on-one personal training sessions. However gyms, studios and sporting clubs are not.
Gyms in Western Australia are already open
Western Australian was one of the first states to reopen gyms opened to patrons, as expected, swinging open doors on May 18th. Restrictions are in place around cleaning, and avoiding the use of shared equipment wherever possible. 20 patrons at a time are permitted. Non-contact community sports with up to 20 people are currently allowed, as is outdoor bootcamps and public pools.
Gyms in the Northern Territory are already open
Gyms in the Northern Territory have been open since May 15th, with guidelines in place for social distancing, cleaning and not overstaying a two-hour limit.
Gyms in Tasmania will reopen: June 15th
Tasmanians are expected to be able to return to gyms and fitness studios when the state enters Stage 2 of their roadmap on June 15th. Currently residents are permitted to exercise outside and partake in non-contact sport like fishing, hiking, boating and group fitness if social distancing is adhered to.