The adhesion of Divinópolis, Midwest region of Minas Gerais, to the “Conscious Mines”Of the state government provoked an immediate reaction to the owners of academia. With the doors open for about 60 days, they had to back down. It was approximately a week without being able to function, until the municipality found a loophole to allow the Flexibilization compliance with health standards.
The Municipal Health Secretariat (Semusa) published an ordinance on August 14, a week after joining, granting deadline 30 days so that those who had “sports education” among their activities, regularized the CNAE. By the end of the term, the 28 days to advance the municipality from the “yellow wave” to the “green wave”, where the segment could operate, were expected to be completed.
It didn’t take a week until the state reassess and allow the sector to resume within the “yellow wave”. The protocols defined by the municipality since the first day of the reopening of academies in the city made it easier for entrepreneurs to adapt to the new requirements of the program.
In an establishment, it was necessary to disable some devices to ensure the minimum distance required between students. “We increased the number of sprayers with alcohol, as well as paper towel dispensers. Sanitizing carpet for shoes at the entrance, in addition to the digital thermometer ”, says owner Marco Túlio Narciso.
Despite the flexibility, he disputes some points of the new protocol. “I believe that the limit of students allowed per hour is very low, there are gyms in the city that have 2 thousand m² of available area and can serve only 12 customers. I believe that it is possible to have greater flexibility in this regard and, even so, guarantee security ”, he comments.
The restrictions also weigh economically in the calculation “more cost versus fewer students”. “Operating costs are much higher due to the expenses with cleaning materials and, mainly, due to the restriction of customers per hour”, he says. In order not to weigh the customer down, he says most owners are “just surviving.” “It is not fair to pass this higher cost on to the customer, especially in the current situation. We try to see both sides of the story, so that, when all this is over, we can offer health to people, as we have always done ”, he concludes. The number of students fell from 380 to 170.
It is not just the owners who adapt to the new reality. In order not to abandon the practice of physical activity, students are also changing habits. “At the gym, I avoid using the bathroom, talking to people, I clean the device I’m going to use as soon as I finish training, I try not to stay in the room, I wash my hands, use gel alcohol and go home. When I get home, I leave my sneakers on the balcony and my clothes in the laundry room, there is another one there for me to use, ”says Edelba Glória Souza, who also works as a supervisor at a sports and social club.
Edelba classified the reopening as “common sense”. “Physical exercise is health,” he said, noting that the gym she attends is following all safety standards.
* Amanda Quintiliano special for EM