Good news. New South Wales will lift the restrictions on gyms and fitness centres from June 13. This means that many facilities will be able to open and resume (almost) normal business.
The ease of restrictions applies to a number of centres including yoga and pilates studios, gyms, saunas and indoor pools. The news comes as new infections in the state flatline.
But there are still a few restrictions to be aware of. If you're someone who loves taking classes, you'll likely need to book well in advance. Classes will be capped at 10 people per session. So, you'll certainly need to make an early booking for the more popular gym classes.
And if you are someone that trains at a large or very popular centre, remember that there will be a maximum of 100 people allowed in at any one time.
Tattoo and massage centres will also be allowed to reopen from the June 13. And children's community sports will be allowed to recommence from July 1.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that there's been a high demand for gyms and fitness centres to reopen.
"There's a lot of people desperate to get back in there and the [Deputy Premier] and I are just desperate to get back into the gymnasiums," he said.
Any fitness centre attendees will be required to sign in. Gyms and centres will be assisting with potential coronavirus tracing by requiring guests to leave their details, and maintaining a four-square-metre rule.
Brad Hazzard has said fitness centres won't be exactly business as usual but "it sure as heck is going to be as close as possible".
Deputy Premier John Barilaro offered his own tongue-in-cheek advice to those looking to get back into the gym. "Summer bodies are built in winter," he said.
The news comes after beauty salon, beauty therapists and estheticians were able to reopen their doors, and recreational travel was allowed from June 1.
This is an important step in the direction of economic recovery. More businesses reopening means more jobs and more work available for Australians. But it is crucial for us to observe any mandated social-distancing restrictions, like keeping 1.5 metres apart from other people in public spaces. These steps will help us avoid a second coronavirus wave.
Western Australia, South Australia the ACT and Northern Territory have also reopened fitness facilities. As for Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, these states are currently working on timelines to reopen fitness centres.