Gateway Gym re-opens from 12 April

In line with Step 2 of the UK’s ‘Roadmap’ out of lockdown’ the Buckinghamshire New University is delighted to be able to confirm the re-opening of its Gateway Gym on the High Wycombe Campus from 12 April. The Fitness Team welcome back our returning student, employee and community members and we are once again looking forward to assisting you in any way we can towards achieving your exercise goals and ambitions. We are just as excited by the prospect of being able to introduce our fantastic facilities and services to anyone who is considering joining a gym locally or perhaps looking to change from their current facility. If this is you, then we really do encourage you to pay us a visit or contact us for more information.

Whilst the lockdown restrictions may be easing, we are acutely aware that a degree of uncertainty may remain for some time regarding the risks of using exercise facilities and services. Each member of the Gateway Gym’s Fitness Team has therefore made a personal commitment to do everything they can to make sure that so far as is possible, members are left in no doubt that their health and safety remains a priority in everything we do. In the section below, you will see a list of measures we have introduced which allows us to proudly display 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. What returning members will already know, and what we hope to demonstrate to prospective members is that the Fitness Team takes their responsibility for upholding these measures extremely seriously and at the same time asks everyone to be mindful of their responsibilities towards each other.

Whilst the Gateway Gym can re-open, we will have to wait until the implementation of Step 3 of the 'Roadmap out of lockdown' (no earlier than 17 May) before we are able to resume face-to-face group exercise sessions. In the meantime we invite everyone, members and non-members alike, to attend our hugely successful weekly program of live-streamed group exercise sessions completely FREE. See the group exercise page for details and booking instructions.

For further information or to arrange a Gateway Gym tour please do contact us using the details at the bottom of this page. We look forward to seeing you soon.

John Ide
Sports and Fitness Centre Manager

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. However, these recommendations represent a minimum standard and we have taken additional steps to reduce risks further, such as the ‘fogging’ of hard to clean surfaces and the replacing of antibacterial spray bottles with antibacterial wipe dispensers.

Take a look at what we've done...

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