GYMS ARE OPEN AS RESTRICTIONS EASE
THE doors to gyms across Darwin and Katherine were swung open on Thursday as restrictions were lifted.
The seven days of restrictions were put in place after a Covid-19 case sparked a three-day lockdown.
The restrictions prevented gyms from opening and indoor exercise.
Some gym owners and industry bodies kicked up a stink over the closure while events such as the Darwin Festival were able to operate.
CrossFit Abode owner Cobi Head said he was OK with chief health officer Hugh Heggie’s and Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s decision to keep gyms closed.
“I understand that not all gyms are the same and it’s hard to allow some to open and some not. I’m just glad to be open today,” he said.
“I provided a stay at home program and pivoted my staff to do some professional development in order to come back stronger when we do open.” Mr Head said he was excited to have people back in his Winnellie based venue.
“I’m excited, not necessarily for myself but for all the members,” he said.
“They use coming to the gym as a mental health retreat.” Mr Head said he expected the afternoon to be busy as gym junkies flocked to his gym to exercise.
Trainer Elkie Gregory said it was great to be back teaching the first class at midday. “It was great, it was really good and we had a really good vibe,” she said.
”It was good to see the happy faces of everyone walking through the doors, we had almost 30 people here.” Ms Gregory expected the three afternoon classes to be busy as well as the youth class she runs after school.
“It’s good to be able to have those three classes on so people have the ability to come to whatever class they can,” she said.