A new CEN Technical Specification provides guidelines for the safe operation of fitness centres during an infectious outbreak

In the past two years, Europe, like other parts of the world, has been hit hard by Covid-19. In this situation, standards have proven effective in developing solutions that minimise the impact of the pandemic on the European economy and society.

As the latest development on the field, CEN just released new technical specification CEN/TS 17676:2022 which provides guidelines and recommendations for the safe operation of fitness centres during any future infectious outbreaks. Its development is designed to have ‘something ready’ to help fitness clubs remain open, but safe for their users and staff.


Many European countries developed their own national guidelines to control the spread of the coronavirus, but the measures proposed varied widely from one country to the other. Based on operational experience and on research on the spread of coronavirus in fitness club settings, the new Technical Specification provides specific guidance on operational considerations: among them, access control, hygiene standards and ventilation requirements. The document also offers guidance on:

  • minimising the spread of the infectious virus;
  • supporting the health and safety of fitness centres’ employees and customers;
  • providing clarity and grow confidence in the fitness industry.

CEN/TS 17676:2022 was developed by CEN/TC 136/WG 2 ‘Fitness centres’, whose Secretariat is currently held by NEN, the Dutch National Standardization Body.


For more info, please contact Merel WAGNER, at the CEN/TC 136/WG2 Fitness Centres Secretariat.


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