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Spot checks as Malaga police enforce face mask rules in gyms and sports centres

One of the establishments inspected this week by Local Police in Malaga.
One of the establishments inspected this week by Local Police in Malaga. / SUR
  • All the premises inspected so far have been reported for breaching pandemic preventative measures

Malaga’s Local Police force have started a campaign to enforce coronavirus preventative control measures in gyms and sports centres after receiving complaints from some users.

Random and surprise visits are now being made by the officers.

Of the six gyms inspected so far all have been reported for breaches of the regulations. And around thirty clients could also face fines.

On one occasion officers witnessed a Zumba fitness session where none of the ten women wore face masks although they did respect social distancing.

Police say that they are acting after complaints from some users of the gym and sports facilities who were worried about the situation, particularly in some of the smaller establishments ‘where there is a greater relationship of trust between users.’

During the first inspection on Monday afternoon in an establishment in the Ciudad Jardín area neither the manager nor three clients wore a mask, and were duly reported.

At midday on Tuesday officers visited a gym in the Churriana. The result was similar - three users of the weight training room were reported for not wearing a mask. During another inspection in the Camino de San Rafael area on the same day the found two clients who were also doing weights without a mask.

On Wednesday three other gyms faced a spot check. In the Las Chapas area, a five users were reported at a sports centre. At the second establishment in Gamarra another 10 clients without face masks were discovered. Finally, a business on the Carretera de Cádiz was inspected with seven more people being reported.

In the official regulations for Andalucía, published on 8 November 8, it states that "leisure, sports, practice and dance classes must be in maximum groups of 15 people, with a distance of two metres between individuals and three metres between groups, in addition to imposing the mandatory use of masks during the sessions, without any physical contact and without sharing equipment."