Colac Otway Shire Council and the Bluewater team are getting ready for an exciting reopening of the Bluewater Gymnasium, with an upgrade including new equipment and new music system complete.
Bluewater Manager Lucy Vesey said the easing of COVID19 restrictions would allow Bluewater to reopen the gym and unveil its revamped weights space to current and new members.
“We have been able to complete a planned refurbishment of a section of the gym including replacement of outdated equipment with new equipment including an Olympic lifting platform, stair masters, and an additional power rack, which our members had asked for,” Lucy said.
“The floor has been strengthened to accommodate the new equipment, there’s a new music system and we’ve had a chance to give the area a fresh coat of paint while the gym has been forced to close in accordance with COVID19 restrictions.
“Gyms will be able to operate from June 22, which is great news for our community, however there will be a range of restrictions in place, as advised by the State Government, which will keep our community safe through physical distancing and hygiene.
“Restrictions from 22 June include a maximum number of 20 people in the gym area at any time and social distancing must be observed at all times.
“The gym will open through a booking-only system similar to the pool system which has been working well since the pool reopening last week.
“Gym sessions for 75 minutes can be booked by contacting Bluewater and there will be 15 minutes in between each session for cleaning to be performed.
“Change rooms, toilets and showers will be open across the facility for use with strict social distancing enforced in these areas.
“Patrons can only use showers and change rooms during their booked session times to allow for staff to clean these areas in between sessions.
“Gym users will be required to bring a towel and they must wipe down equipment with sanitising wipes provided, before and after use. Users may be denied entry if they do not follow these strict hygiene practices which are in place to keep all of our users as safe as possible.
“In other easing of restrictions a maximum of 20 spectators will be welcomed back into the pool area per session and users must abide by social distancing practices,” she said.
“Bluewater’s childcare service will also reopen on Monday, 22 June, with limited session times initially to help support parents and guardians to get back into exercising.”