Valencian gyms can make the use of the mask more flexible before they fall definitively on April 20
(04-08-2022) Valencian gyms will be able to make the use of masks more flexible during sports practice indoors before the mandatory nature of this measure expires. After months of insistence by Fneid, the Generalitat Valenciana has issued a resolution that allows it to be done from now on, without waiting for April 20.
The gyms of the Valencian Community will not have to wait for April 20, the date on which the mandatory use of masks will decline throughout the Spanish territory, to make their use more flexible in interior spaces. The Generalitat Valenciana has listened to Fneid and allows, from now on, that the Valencian sports centers do not have to demand this measure. In other words, they anticipate their withdrawal two weeks before it becomes official, an announcement that will give the sector a little more air.
“The obligation of the masks will not be enforceable in the event that, due to the very nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible, in accordance with the indications of the health authorities”, exposes the new protocol on prevention measures against covid in the practice of physical exercise and sports activity that has been agreed this Friday, April 8.
The document has been approved by the Autonomous Secretary of Public Health and the Public Health System of the Valencian Community, Isaura Navarro, sport is within the sectors that may make the use of masks more flexible in interior spaces. “In relation to the application of the indicated health regulations regarding the performance of physical exercise and sports practice, it is considered an activity incompatible by its very nature with the use of a mask, in addition to those carried out in swimming pools and SPAs”, she comments.
The text details in which two cases the use of masks in sports centers may be made more flexible: “The practice of sports, both in closed spaces in sports facilities of any kind and in open spaces; and physical exercise of vigorous intensity, carried out individually or in a group, both in closed and open spaces, while the practice of such activity lasts.
The protocol specifies that the masks may be made more flexible (between April 8 and 19) during sports practice, but their mandatory nature remains during transit through the closed facilities of sports centers for all users over 6 years of age. “If it is carried out in closed spaces, adequate ventilation must be ensured and during breaks in physical exercise or sports activity, the mask must be worn covering the nose and mouth,” they point out.
Fneid’s response to pressure
This measure by the Generalitat Valenciana comes as a response to the pressure that Fneid has been exerting for weeks. As CMDsport already explained at the end of March, the Spanish gym employers sent a letter to Isaura Navarro claiming, precisely, an “exception from the mandatory use of the mask during sports practice in sports centers and gyms”. From Fneid they demanded that the regional government agree to make its use more flexible as other communities such as the Balearic Islands, Murcia or Catalonia had already done.
The president of the Valencian employers association (Aecvd), Juan Garlos-Pantoja, celebrates that the insistence made has had an effect, although he regrets that the decision of the Generalitat “has come so late”. “In the end we have convinced them and common sense has prevailed over a measure that was harming the public health of practitioners”, celebrates the Valencian delegate of Fneid.