Update Coronavirus - Official protection concept for the fitness industry | IG Fitness Switzerland

Update Coronavirus – Official protection concept for the fitness industry

The coronavirus with the measures taken has hit the entire health and fitness industry hard in recent weeks. Playing sports was prohibited in all recreational businesses, health and fitness centers, and all other sports facilities and other sports facilities since the lockdown (Federal Council decision March 16, 2020). Furthermore, all sporting events were postponed, interrupted or cancelled. With this decision, the federal government wanted to contain the Corona pandemic as best it could.

Provisions from 19 April 2021

From April 19, 2021, fitness operations will be permitted again, subject to compliance with protective concepts. IG Fitness Switzerland provides the officially valid protection concept for the fitness industry, which was created and checked for plausibility in cooperation with the BAG.

The currently applicable measures and regulations of the BAG can be found here.

Here you can find the press release from IG Fitness Schweiz on the Federal Council decision of April 14, 2021!

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Frequently asked questions about the protection concept

Grundsätzlich dürfen Sie Gruppenfitness mit maximal 15 Personen (inkl. Instruktor) sowie mit dem Schutzabstand von 1.5 Meter durchführen. Es liegt in der Verantwortung der Kursleitenden, dass die Distanz von 1.5 Meter zwischen den einzelnen TeilnehmerInnen gewährleistet ist. (Bsp. Mit Markierungen im Raum). Ein weiterer wichtiger Faktor ist, dass die Kursstunden zeitlich auseinandergesetzt sind, da die Teilnehmer sich beim Wechsel nicht treffen dürfen. Vorgeschlagen wird eine Zeit von 15 Minuten zwischen den Lektionen.

JA, sofern folgend Punkte eingehalten werden können (Zitat aus offizieller Verordnung):

Für Sportaktivitäten in Innenräumen nach Artikel 6e Absatz 1 Buchstabe b Ziffer 2 ohne Gesichtsmaske gilt Folgendes:

  • Es muss für jede Person eine Fläche von mindestens 25 Quadratmetern zur ausschliesslichen Nutzung zur Verfügung stehen oder es müssen zwischen den einzelnen Personen wirksame Abschrankungen angebracht werden.
  • Bei einer Sportart, die mit keiner erheblichen körperlichen Anstrengung verbunden ist und bei welcher der zugewiesene Platz nicht verlassen wird, liegt die Mindestfläche bei 15 Quadratmetern pro Person.
  • In Hallenbädern muss pro Person eine Wasserfläche von 25 Quadratmeter zur Verfügung stehen.
  • Es dürfen sich nicht mehr als 15 Personen in einem Raum aufhalten.
  • Die Räumlichkeit muss über eine wirksame Lüftung verfügen.

According to the information provided by the Federal Office of Public Health – BAG, visitors with mask donations must be treated in the same way as customers who do not wear masks. In other words: In a room where training is carried out without a mask, a maximum of 15 people may stay and no person may be around the person within a radius of 25m2, this means a distance from person to person of at least 5m.

There is no numerical restriction in fitness centres for children and young people born in 2001 and younger. It should be noted that this regulation only applies if only this age group is present. They are not required to wear masks. However, as soon as adults (born in 2000 and older) are present at the same time as children and youths, the stricter regulations apply.

For persons born in 2000 the following applies: For training that takes place in groups (e.g. Zumba), there is generally a limit of 15 people per group. It is conceivable that several groups of up to 15 people (including the leader) may train outdoors (or in sufficiently large halls that allow a clear separation of the groups). Spacing between the groups must be maintained and there must be no intermingling.

Individuals exercising on equipment are not considered a group; the 15-person limit does not apply to them.

The capacity limits must be observed for training sessions both indoors and outdoors in fitness centres. For the calculation of the maximum number of persons present, the formula “10 square metres per person” applies. If only 30 square metres of total area is available, a minimum area of 6 square metres per person applies for the calculation of the maximum number of persons present.

If the training takes place outdoors, either a face mask must be worn or the required distance (1.5 metres) must be maintained. Indoors, a face mask must always be worn and the distance maintained.

There are exceptions to this principle:

  • If no face mask can be worn, 25 square metres per person must be available for exclusive use (equivalent to 5m distance from person to person, on all sides) or effective barriers must be in place. In the event that physical exertion is minimal and the space is not left (e.g. yoga, Pilates, back exercises on a mat, but not training on a weight machine…), it is sufficient if 15 square metres per person are available for exclusive use (subparagraph b). This corresponds to 4m distance from person to person, on all sides, whereby the alternative of effective barriers also exists here.
  • In principle, if a person is not wearing a mask, there may be no more than 15 persons in a room. However, it is possible to separate the rooms in fitness centres in a suitable and effective manner and, for example, to offer equipment in a separate room on which a maximum of 15 people can train without a face mask, provided that the requirements are met (25 m2/person for exclusive use or effective barriers between the people so that a distance of 1.5 metres is sufficient). In other rooms, training with a mask can be carried out according to the normal guidelines. In any case, it must be ensured that all rooms have effective ventilation. The individual specifications and modalities for the occupancy of the rooms and the behaviour of the persons training must be specifically laid down in protection concepts.

Corona compensation and subsidies

Here you can download the current factsheet on Corona compensation and grants in German. This factsheet is constantly updated and contains information from the national level as well as from all cantons.

Provisions from 22 December 2020

The fitness facilities according to the Dec. 18, 2020, order of the Federal Council, are to close from Tuesday, Dec. 22 to Jan. 22. Exceptions:

  • Cantons with a favourable epidemiological trend can decide on facilitations, such as opening restaurants and sports facilities. In particular, a reproduction number of less than 1 and a 7-day incidence that must be below the Swiss average are decisive here.
  • This is described in Art. 7 of the Regulation (pages 3/4): Art. 7 para. 2 introductory sentence and subpara. b and c, para. 3-6 – 2 A canton may provide for the opening of restaurant, bar and club establishments in accordance with Article 5a and of establishments and undertakings in the fields of culture, entertainment, leisure and sport in accordance with Article 5d and extend the opening hours in accordance with Article 5abis if the following conditions are met in the canton concerned:
    b. The reproduction number is less than 1.00 for at least seven consecutive days; the data published by the FOPH are authoritative.
    c. The last seven values of the seven-day moving average of laboratory-confirmed case numbers are below the Swiss average; the data published by the FOPH are authoritative.
    3 In doing so, it may stipulate that restaurants, bars and clubs may remain open until no later than 23.00 hours and until no later than 01.00 hours on the night of 31 December to 1 January.
    4 If the canton intends to open facilities and establishments or to extend opening hours in accordance with paragraph 2, it shall consult with neighbouring cantons. He shall inform the FOPH of his decision.
    5 If the reproduction figure exceeds 1.00 on three consecutive days or if one of the conditions in accordance with paragraph 2 letters a and c is no longer fulfilled, the canton must immediately cancel the opening of facilities and establishments or the extension of opening hours in accordance with paragraph 2.
    6 From 5 January 2021, in paragraph 2(b) and in paragraph 5, the reproduction figure shall be 0.90.

The current measures and regulations of the FOPH can be found here.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Provisions from 12 December 2020

The Federal Council has decided on further measures which will also affect fitness facilities in Switzerland. The measures will apply from 12 December 2020 and will expire on 22 January 2021. All regulations can be found in the following protection concept. The revised protection concept for fitness operations was developed by the members of IG Fitness Schweiz in collaboration with the FOPH.

The current measures and regulations of the FOPH can be found here.

Provisions from 29 October 2020

At its last meeting on 28 October 2020, the Federal Council determined further measures based on the current situation surrounding COVID-19, which also affect fitness facilities in Switzerland. In general, masks are mandatory for customers as well as for all employees of fitness businesses! Further regulations can be found in the following protection concept. The revised protection concept for fitness operations was developed by the members of IG Fitness Schweiz in collaboration with the FOPH. You will find the new protection concept below.

The current measures and regulations of the FOPH can be found here.

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Frequently asked questions about the protection concept

Clients with a mask dispensation may train on a mask-free endurance machine if they wear a mask on all routes, i.e. from the entrance to the cloakroom and from the cloakroom to the mask-free machine. Mask-free training only applies on the specially marked endurance machines. Otherwise they are not allowed to visit the studio.

Yes, even customers who have a mask dispensation must be able to ensure the necessary distance of 15m2 in the fitness centre. Unfortunately, it is currently not allowed to train closer without a mask.

Provisions from 18 October 2020

At its extraordinary meeting on 18 October 2020, the Federal Council decided on measures to slow down the further spread of the coronavirus. You will find all the latest information regarding the obligation to wear masks in fitness facilities etc. in the adapted protection concept.

The current measures and regulations of the FOPH can be found here.

The adapted protection concept for the fitness company can be found here.

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Provisions from 20 June 2020

As of June 20, 2020, the minimum distance between two people has been reduced from 2 meters to 1.5 meters in view of the low number of cases. As with the 2-metre rule, however, the new minimum distance can also be undercut if hygiene masks are worn or partitions are present. If these protective measures cannot be implemented in the fitness centre either, the contact details of the persons participating must be recorded. This ensures that contacts can be traced (contact tracing) in the event of a positive case.

The relaxation of the FOPH’s measures can be found here.

You can find the adapted protection concept here.

As of June 19, 2020, the “special situation” applies. This places the main responsibility for preventing and managing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases on the cantons. In the special situation, however, the Federal Council still has the authority to order certain measures listed exhaustively in the law, which normally fall within the competence of the cantons, after consulting the cantons themselves. In a special situation, the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) coordinates federal measures. Enforcement remains with the cantons.

You can find more informationhere.

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Provisions from 6 June 2020

Fitness operations will be permitted again beginning June 6, 2020, subject to protective design. At this point, IG Fitness Schweiz provides the officially valid protection concept for the fitness industry, which is based on the model concept for training operations from the FOSPO.

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Frequently asked questions about the protection concept

The principles based on the document “Framework for Sport”, which can be found on the Swiss Olympic website, apply.

  • Exercise without symptoms
  • Keep distance (10m2 training area per person, whenever possible 2m distance)
  • Compliance with the hygiene rules of the FOPH
  • Presence lists (tracing of close contacts – contact tracing)
  • Designation of responsible persons

A distance of 10m2 training area per person and 2m distance must be kept.

Courses of up to 30 people are allowed, as long as spacing can be maintained.

The facilities, cloakrooms, etc. are cleaned according to normal guidelines . Extraordinary cleaning measures and disinfection are no longer required.

Provisions from 11 May 2020

To ensure that the fitness sector does not have to remain in lockdown mode, the Federal Council, as part of the decisions taken on 16 April 2020, instructed the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) to draw up a concept for relaxing the measures in the entire area of sport. The concept is intended to show how, within the framework of the still valid, overriding protective measures, sports training in popular and competitive sport can take place again.

At this point, IG Fitness Schweiz provides the officially valid protection concept for the fitness industry, which has been approved by Swiss Olympic. This protection concept contains all the relevant information for the sports organisations and event organisers concerned. It was developed in collaboration with the FOSPO, the FOPH and the SFGV. Pursuant to the April 29, 2020 resolution, the fitness centers may reopen effective May 11, 2020, upon submission of and compliance with this protection plan.

Here you can download the protection concept in German.

Vous pouvez télécharger ici le concept de protection en français.

Qui potete scaricare il concetto di protezione in italiano.

Frequently asked questions about the protection concept

Basically you are allowed to do group fitness with a maximum of 5 persons (incl. instructor) and with the protective distance of 2 meters. It is the responsibility of the course instructors to ensure that a distance of 2 meters is maintained between each participant. (Ex. With markers in the room). Another important factor is that the course hours are spaced out, as the participants are not allowed to meet each other when changing. Suggested time between lessons is 30 minutes. Floor markings are also needed in the entrance to the rooms so that the 2 metre distance can be maintained.

  • In fact, there is no dedicated rule description for this. In principle, however, the following applies: 5 persons per course room, whereby the FOPH requires a space of at least 10m2 per person is expected and in case of a group of 5 the course room has a minimum size of approx. should have 80 m2.
  • However, if the course room is “very large”, then two groups of 5 can also train in it. Here, the FOPH assumes a minimum size of approx. 150 m2 from. It is important that the distance of 2m is always maintained within the respective group of 5 and that a minimum distance of another 2m is maintained between the two groups of 5, i.e. at least 2m. 4m (!) is available. Thus, the mixing of the two training groups can and must be avoided. (Reason: In the case of a possible corona infection of a person from the respective training group, it must be possible to trace who else was in the training group in order to also identify and isolate these persons).
  • In principle, the FOPH also considers the parameters of room geometry, ventilation and, of course, the form of exercise to be important decision-making criteria for the organisation of courses with 1 or more groups of 5. For this reason, the fitness centres should also usefully include information on the parameters in their own protection concepts, so that it can be explained to the inspectors how no mixing of the groups of 5 takes place and which forms of exercise they may temporarily refrain from, because, for example, they do not want to mix the groups of 5. the exercising persons would need a larger movement radius than their 10 m2.

Each member must be questioned about his or her health status before being admitted to the fitness center. This can be done in an interview form, but also through a self-evaluation of the members. If one or more symptoms are affirmed by the member, entry to the fitness center will not be permitted.

A maximum of 80% of the number of usable training stations may be present in the training area. Premises such as cloakroom and reception do not fall under the training area.

Currently, facilities are only allowed to open for training sessions. For all water offers the regulations of the corresponding protection concepts are valid.
These can be found on the Swiss Olympic website.

Yes, that’s allowed. Then the regulations for the training area apply.

Yes. This is easily controlled by a check-in system. The way it works is the same as in the shopping stores, where there is also a check on the maximum number of items at the entrance. number of persons is carried out.

If particularly vulnerable people wish, they may train at their own risk during normal training hours. However, they must be made aware of the risk by you as the provider.

  • It is important that each room is visibly labeled with the maximum number of people.
  • The distances should be clearly marked in all rooms. (e.g. floor markings)

Due to the concept of protection for fitness centers, there is no provision requiring permanent on-site supervision. However, it is the responsibility of the fitness center to ensure that protective measures are in place and adhered to.