We here at Alpha Brave CrossFit wanted to update our staff and members on the Coronavirus or Covid-19 and the steps being taken to mitigate the risks to our staff, members, family and friends.
You can find information about COVID-19 on the Ministry of Health website here (it is updated twice daily):
- Please do not cancel or put your membership's on hold. You may not have a gym to come back to. Smaller gyms like ours will take a HUGE hit if this happens. We have back up ideas to ensure you are getting workouts and content online to keep your training routine up!
- Stay home if :
- You are sick, or you have sick kids at home.
- If you are waiting on the results of a PCR test
- If you have been identified as a close contact and need to isolate at home
Below are some useful Q&As. If you have any more questions, concerns or suggestions on this subject, please let us know.
HOW CAN WE PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS AT ABC:
Recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing and/or using hand sanitiser products, covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. Latest advice is to sing the happy birthday song twice while washing hands, to ensure you give the
process sufficient time. You do not need to do this out loud.
Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
We suggest halting in class handshakes and high fives until the virus is past its peak. This can be replaced by a foot shake, elbow touch, or "Shaka"- maybe a Tik Tok challenge to detract from the serious message:
Wearing face masks on entry, during the chat and when using the bathroom is essential.
Other preventative measures we are taking:
- Provide hand sanitiser at reception used on entry and exit
- Making sure bathroom is stocked with additional handwash and sanitiser
- Ensure the sanitiser and disinfectant we are using is at least 70% alcohol to kill germs on surfaces
- Leading by example (Coaches will walk the talk and embrace the highest hygiene standards!)
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I MIGHT BE SICK or I MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other common illnesses (some serious, some not) and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.
Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. In particular difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia or asthmatic attack and requires immediate medical attention. Please distinguish between breathing difficulties from an out of breath tough WOD and COVID-19 symptoms.
- Seek medical attention as you normally would if you are ill, but call ahead to make an appointment rather than walk into the clinic.
- Do not go into the A&E unless it is an emergency or you have an appointment.
- If you think you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 for advice.
- If you have to isolate and still want to train, email us and let us know so that we can organise an alternative arrangement for you.
RESPONSE to CORONAVIRUS:
We take any threat to the safety and health of our staff and members very seriously. At this stage we are operating as usual with some additional precautionary measures in place. Staff will be informed of any changes to work and/or any measures to be taken to protect and support members and families. We will make provision for further changes and protective measures, should the virus threat escalate.
If an outbreak is confirmed in the region we operate in, we will convene and make decisions on the partial or full temporary closure of the gym. However that will be a worst case scenario. Our hope is to minimise exposure while continuing our core business. In the event of a forced closure, we envisage we will still collect member subscriptions, we will program at home workouts, we will engage openly and often on social media to maintain staff and member engagement. We will stream online video coaching (or similar). Bear in mind any closure will only be temporary (likely 14 - 30 days). With the right approach we can manage this.
There is no reason to panic or be fearful. Equally there is no sense in being complacent about the potential impact of Coronavirus. It is important to stay informed, be well prepared and follow the latest advice to keep yourself and others safe. Should you have any questions or require more advice at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact your team.
Stay Safe, Stay Well!