Melbourne fitness facilities have been labelled as ‘high-risk environments” by the Chief Health Officer, with the peak industry body disputing the ‘ludicrous’ claims.
The Australian state of Victoria is emerging from its fourth lockdown, but heavy restrictions still remain for many ‘devastated’ sectors.
The Federal Government will no longer declare the state’s capital as a coronavirus hotspot, however this means an end to COVID-19 disaster payments for most people.
Lockdown restrictions eased in Melbourne at 11.59pm on Thursday 10th June, but heavy restrictions still remain for many businesses in both the metro and regional areas of the state.
“We are not making a sacrifice, we are more a sacrificial lamb”
Gyms in Melbourne will be closed for at least another week, a decision one owner has described as “the laughing stock of Australia”
The government has lifted restrictions for cafes, restaurants and retail to reopen from Thursday but fitness facilities will have their doors shut, for at least another week.
This comes as Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton described these venues as “high-risk environments”.
Professor Sutton said overseas research indicated gyms were places that had “significant opportunity to spread” infections.
“I am asking gyms to make that sacrifice for a further week,” Professor Sutton said.
The CEO of peak fitness industry body, Fitness Australia, disputes the claims made by Sutton.
“Our sector has been making a sacrifice for 18 months. We are not making a sacrifice, we are more a sacrificial lamb,”CEO of Fitness australia, barrie elvish.
Matt Georgeades owns two Body Fit Training studio’s in Melbourne’s inner west and says Sutton’s claims “are absolutely rubbish”.
In metropolitan Melbourne hospitality, hair, beauty salons and retail are among those permitted to re-open, but gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs will remain closed.
Is the government support for closed businesses enough?
A further $8.36 million in funding has been announced to provide an additional $2000 grant to support thousands of businesses that will remain shut.
However, Georgeades says he is wondering “where the funds are going to come from” to continue to support his small business and staff, as well as maintain outgoing expenses with “minimal support from the government”
“Clearly, the Chief Health Officer does not see the importance of people’s mental health.”
Georgeades says he “just wants to know when mental health will be held equally as important as peoples physical health”, as he has seen his members positivity decline as lockdown progressed.
The fitness industry is uniting in a “call to arms”, flooding social media of pictures standing outside empty gyms, in a bid to allow fitness facilities to open as soon as possible.
Hero coach rescues U.S. swimmer at Olympic event
U.S. Swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, has saved the life of an American Swimmer, Anita Alvarez, at the FINA World Championships
Fuentes dived into the pool to rescue unconscious Alvarez from the bottom after her Olympic qualifying event.
In a nightmare moment, the 25-year-old didn’t return for breath after her synchronised swimming event and instead began to sink.
In a split-moment decision, Coach Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue her, after the lifeguards failed to act.
The young Olympic medalist was unconscious and not breathing but quickly received medical attention on the edge of the pool.
She was taken to hospital and is now reportedly in ‘good health’.
Medical personnel to face trial over Maradona’s death
Eight medical personnel will stand trial for their alleged negligence in the death of football legend Diego Maradona
The 60-year-old was found dead in a rented home in Buenos Aires two years ago, after recently being discharged from hospital.
Prosecutors say there were “omissions” by the star’s caregivers, who allegedly abandoned him during his hospital stay.
Around 20 medical experts found Maradona’s treatment was rife with “deficiencies and irregularities”, in a hearing convened by Argentina’s public prosecutor last year.
A neurosurgeon and family doctor, psychiatrist and psychologist are among those who are facing charges.
They risk sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in prison but are denying any responsibility in the Argentinian player’s death.
Diego Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups for Argentina, and then went on to coach the national team during their 2010 campaign in South Africa.
In May, his famous ‘Hand of God’ jersey sold for $9.3 million.
Sporting stars lose millions amid crypto crash
Many stars and celebrities are getting caught up in the crypto market crash right now, with big names losing millions
Most recently, star Quarterback Trevor Lawrence has had $22 million wiped off his cryptocurrency portfolio.
The Jacksonville Jaguars athlete pushed his entire signing bonus into the sector when he decided to accept his wage in digital currency.
The 22-year-old partnered with a crypto tracking app, Blockfolio.
He organised for his entire wage package of $34 million to be delivered in cryptocurrency.
However, Bitcoin has currently lost more than 70 percent of its value, which has sent Lawrence’s paycheck nosediving.
His original pay packet is now worth just $12 million, leaving the Quarterback $22 million out of pocket.
Investors are selling off riskier assets because central banks are raising interest rates to combat quickening inflation.
The overall market value of crypto assets has fallen from $3 trillion to below $1 trillion.
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