COVID-19 UPDATE TO SSISA MEMBERS

Date Published: 16 Mar 2020 Categories: News
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Dear SSISA Member, 

In a media briefing on 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic a national disaster. In his address, the President listed a number of restrictions to curb the spread of the virus and called on businesses to take all necessary measures to intensify hygiene control. 

We wish to advise you that the fitness centre will remain open on 16 March 2020 and until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and Government mandate and adapt if necessary to align with best practice. We remain committed to staff and member health and safety, and as such, we have bolstered hygiene practice as follows:  

  • Members are requested to swipe themselves into the gym facility so as to decrease transmission via common surfaces
  • Hand sanitisers available at reception for staff and members on entry and exit of facility
  • Members encouraged to bring their own locks for lockers (to decrease potential transfer through shared items)
  • Members who are unwell are requested to stay at home and not come to the facility for training
  • As an extra precaution, we ask that members who have travelled internationally in the past two weeks to any country with COVID-19 cases refrain from using the facility for 14 days after return. In this period, you should monitor for any symptoms of coronavirus 
  • We have increased cleaning rotation for gym equipment and other regularly used surfaces
  • We have increased the number of sanitisers available in the building and in the gym
  • Please wipe equipment before and after use with sanitizer spray and paper towel. Although, perspiration cannot transmit covid-19 it is important to be vigilant about good hygiene practice in this time
  • Please consult your trainer should you wish to adapt, or reschedule your sessions for a later date
  • We have been assured that the swimming pool, which is cleaned daily with chemicals, is not a risk 
  • Know your personal risk factors. If you are high risk, practice caution. 
  • We may need to introduce changes to some group sessions and classes. We will update you within the next 24hours of any changes in class schedules. 

We remind you of the following Precautionary Measures recommended by the World Health Organisation: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 25 seconds duration. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol based)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep distance from others at home.
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practise cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands) and if this occurs after travel, report as soon as possible to health care practitioners.

Useful Resources: 

  1. WHO information about coronavirus https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  2. South Africa specific updates from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) http://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-a-z-index/covid-19/
  3. WHO video that explains coronavirus https://youtu.be/mOV1aBVYKGA
  4. South Africa COVID-19 HOTLINE: 0800 029 999 (Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm)
  5. Coping with a disaster or traumatic event: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp
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