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  • Virgin active group classes will be halved in sized, and online workouts offered in light of coronavirus. 
  • This after President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered the cancellation of gatherings of more than 100 people. 
  • Virgin Active will also be increasing its cleaning schedule, and moving scanners to allow members to self-scan their cards. 
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Virgin Active, the country’s largest gym-chain, will be halving the size of group exercise classes, and offering online workouts in light of coronavirus. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday ordered the cancellation of events and public gatherings of over 100 people, and asked places frequented by large numbers of people to bolster hygiene control, as part of the country’s response to the coronavirus epidemic. 

Sixty-two cases of the virus have been diagnosed in South Africa, with the first cases of local transmission reported. 

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Virgin Active told Business Insider South Africa that the reduced capacity in classes will be rolled out within the next few days, and users should receive a notification for online workouts as soon as it goes live. 

It said all its clubs remain open and fully operational, but cleaning staff and frequency of cleaning have been increased. 

Its kids’ facility, Club V, will, however, be closed from Thursday in line with the government-mandated school closures. Club V memberships will be automatically frozen.

The chemicals Virgin Active uses during cleaning are active for 8 hours to kill viruses and bacteria, but it said it will be using it every four hours for “absolute sanitisation”. 

Hand sanitisers have also been introduced at all clubs, placed at the entrance and on the gym floor and the company will be rolling out additional dispensers as a second phase. 

Furthermore, scanners have been repositioned to allow members to self-scan their cards for access.

“We must highlight that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, not through sweat or pool water,” Virgin Active said. 

It said disinfectant spray and paper towelling is provided to wipe down equipment before and after use. 

“It is imperative that members see the role they can play in stemming transmission of the virus.”

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