South Africa’s largest gym chain Virgin Active may not be happy about the 50-person limit placed on gyms and fitness centres as part of the government’s Covid-19 Level 2 regulations, but has created a special app to encourage a safe environment.

The move follows South Africa relaxing its Covid-19 restrictions to Level 2 on Tuesday (August 18), under which gyms can now operate. Level 2 has also seen the unbanning of inter-provincial leisure travel as well as the sale of alcohol and tobacco.

With gyms and fitness centres now allowed to operate, some managers said the resumption of classes would bring much relief to instructors who had not been paid in almost five months.

Meanwhile, Planet Fitness has reopened in Gauteng, and branches in KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town would start running on Thursday. Here’s Virgin Active’s last post, they are officially open!