States across the country were prepared to release restrictions for gyms and yoga centres operating in non-containment zones as part of Unlock 1 and 2. After August 5th, operation of gyms has been permitted in some parts of the country with social distancing and preventive measures in place.
Lockdown rendered a halt in many parts of the economy but gyms were among the worst hit. Owners, personal trainers, yoga instructors and other gym staff have faced a difficult time during the lockdown and many businesses have been shut. Rent, maintenance and other bills have been the major cause of the fitness industry suffering throughout India during this lockdown.
Many essential businesses have received government aid or have shifted to work from home which has allowed companies to function without total disruption. However, gym owners have expressed dismay over this decision. According to Times of India, a gym owner was arrested for opening his doors for people to train despite the current circumstances which resulted in him getting arrested. The owner stated that his only source of income was shut for over two months.
Personal trainers, yoga instructors and other gym staff were unemployed for this brief duration and permitting the opening of gyms will result in regaining of employment. Educational institutions like schools and colleges, places of recreation like swimming pools, theatres and metro transport have been further postponed to unlock after August 31st. Inter-state travel has also been permitted without the need for approval. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to gyms and yoga centres to function without the spread of coronavirus. The fitness industry is likely to see a rise as many people during the lockdown utilized the time to work on mental and physical health. Gyms are likely to see an influx of new members along with job opportunities for pre-existing staff and new ones.