Fitness studies: Where you can train – and where not yet
The Corona crisis has hit gyms and recreational athletes hard. Most states have allowed training again.
Berlin. that fitness centre was among the first facilities due to corona crisis had to close. In some federal states they have now been allowed to reopen, in others there are at least fixed dates for reopening.
We provide an overview of where the studios reopen and when you can continue yours despite the closure contribution must pay and what club sport is possible again where.
Fitness studies – the situation in the individual federal states
In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland, the fitness centers have now been allowed to reopen (from 22 May). In Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania the time has come on 25 May, in Rhineland-Palatinate and Bremen on 27 May, in Saxony-Anhalt on 28 May and in Baden-Württemberg on 2 June.
In Brandenburg, the fitness centers were also due to open on May 28, as announced by the state government. The High Administrative Court of Brandenburg overturned that decision on 22 May.
The courts determine the opening hours of the gyms
The Brandenburg judges justified their verdict on the grounds that safety concepts also increased in gyms risk of infection to go out In view of the overriding importance of protecting life and health, the ban is currently still proportionate.
The topic was also about the judiciary in Hamburg. There, too, the Supreme Court ruled on May 22: The fitness centers will remain closed until at least May 31.
In Thuringia it was the other way around. The fitness centers that were to open on June 1st. But here, too, the country’s higher administrative court had the last word. With the judgment of 22. May, gyms are now allowed to reopen under certain conditions.
Operators and athletes in Bavaria and Berlin need patience the longest: the studios will probably not open until June. The exact dates have not yet been set. The studies in all countries must comply with strict hygiene requirements.
Coronavirus: Can I get my money back from my gym?
If the fitness center is no longer open, there is a breach of contract and the agreed services can no longer be offered, the consumer advice states. In this case, both contract partners are released from their performance obligation. This means that members do not have to pay contributions during the closing period. They are exempt from their contribution obligation.
But: Most contracts do not contain any provisions for such a case. One solution may be to temporarily suspend the contract until members can visit the studio again.
Can I cancel my contract immediately due to Corona?
As the Consumer Advice writes, a temporary closure of a study due to the coronavirus pandemic is in most cases not sufficient for an extraordinary termination. Eventually, when it reopens, members will be able to use the gym again.
How do I get my money back from my studies?
The fitness centers respond differently to the closure. While some are able to pause, other studios are giving away coupons. In many institutions it is possible to participate in online courses. The studios’ websites usually contain detailed information on the payment of contributions during the closure.
The Consumer Advice recommends contacting the operators of the gym directly to find a common solution.
How can I support my gym?
Those who are able to continue to pay their dues to the gym even when it is closed. In this way, operators can be supported in securing their liquidity.
Anyone who needs to pay special attention to their expenses during the crisis can also support the sports facilities in other ways. One way to do this is through an online signature collection asking for student aid.
Sports in the club – possible under hygiene requirements
North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the first federal states to regain contactless popular sport Outdoor training allowed. In addition to the gyms, the sports clubs’ dance schools and sports halls have also been allowed to reopen there since 11 May. From 30 May, “the practice of sports with unavoidable physical contact and in enclosed premises should be possible again”.
Contactless outdoor sports – such as athletics, tennis or cycling – are now again possible in all federal states. Also Team sports like football can be used outdoors again. In some federal states there are still restrictions on the number of participants: in Berlin it is eight, in Saxony-Anhalt five.
Everywhere it applies that the recreational athletes at hygiene requirements must hold. If possible, they should keep a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters and reduce physical contact to a minimum. Common sports equipment must be disinfected after use.
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(msb / cup / jacket / dpa)
Updated: Sat 23 May 2020 at 17.47
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