We are excited to announce that Buckinghamshire New University’s Gateway Gym has reopened and we are delighted to be able to welcome back current members and new customers.

As you might imagine, we have implemented many important changes in order to maximise your health and safety whilst using our facilities and services. These changes include measures aimed at promoting Covid-secure social distancing, increasing hygiene and raising awareness of our responsibilities towards each other.

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Social Distancing

We have maintained the 2m social distancing guideline as we believe this is appropriate for an exercise environment. We have created ‘personal zones’ in our group exercise studios and created a one way system around the gym. A number of exercise stations have been taken out of service so that adjacent exercisers are kept at least 2m apart.

Hygiene

Additional hand sanitising gel stations have been installed throughout the facilities and we encourage you to use them before, during and after your workouts. Towels are not permitted in the gym and we encourage personal belongings to be kept to a minimum.

Shared Responsibilities

Antibacterial wipe dispensers have been installed and it is expected that all exercise stations are wiped down by gym members after use. The Fitness Team has also increased the frequency of cleaning with a focus on touch points such as machine screens and door handles. We ask everyone to commit to observing the new measures and to help, we have placed simple reminders around the facilities.

As a result of making these operational changes, we are proud to be able to use ukactive’s ‘Covid-19 Response Approved’ logo confirming that we have implemented all the recommendations put forward in their framework for the re-opening of fitness centres.

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A personal message...

"We appreciate that it will take time for people to adjust to the new requirements and so the Fitness Team are taking the lead in guiding people through the changes and gently reminding users of the measures when necessary. We want people to feel comfortable and we take our responsibility in this regard very seriously.

We know there is uncertainty surrounding the use of exercise facilities and we appreciate you may have concerns and questions about returning or becoming a member for the first time. We want to do everything we can to gain your trust, so please contact us to let us know how we can help. We are happy to arrange a socially-distanced facility tour and show you all the new safety measures. You can also see some additional information and get answers to our frequently asked questions here.

If you do wish to return and you were a member at the time we closed for lockdown (20 March) please email fitness@bucks.ac.uk stating the date you wish to resume your membership.

If you were previously a member or wish to become a member for the first time you can drop in to reception to arrange your new membership or call 01494 601602 with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you."

John Ide
Sports and Fitness Centre Manager

Member testimonials

‘I started back at the Gateway Gym a week after it had re-opened. It was obvious a lot of work had been put in to make sure the gym was clean and conditions were adapted for Covid-19. I would highly recommend people to come back to the gym, even if they are still a little worried as all the precautions have been put in place to make sure everyone is safe’

Toby - Bucks New Uni Student Member

‘I returned to the Gateway Gym on the first day of re-opening as I really wanted to get back but also because I knew that the Fitness Team would have made every effort to ensure our safety while working out. I felt the new arrangements in place now for COVID go above and beyond what’s required for everyone’s safety.’

Deb - Community Member

Contact

For general enquiries call: 01494 601 602 or email: fitness@bucks.ac.uk