2020 has been a year that has challenged the whole world in many ways. With the corona virus and all the things that came with it, it made a huge impact in our organization. As everyone experienced the pandemic a different way, we felt it was appropriate to share our experiences related to covid and the pandemic. Postpone activities and temporarily closing our facility
Due to the pandemic we had to close our facility, postpone our 4th Caribbean congress and our end of year celebration. We have also experienced a setback in our income and our activities. It can be seen in our facts and figures.
The first lockdown
On March 17, 2020, we decided to close our facility immediately due to the coronavirus. Our clients and trainers did not want to take the risk. We had to close our doors for 2,5 months, until the end of May 2020. Luckily, that month we got the approval from the Department of Epidemiology to reopen our facility, as it is particularly important for our clients to be active to maintain their health. The overall reactions were great. The whole group was coming back with lots of enthusiasm! However, then the second wave came. And again, to be safe and feel safe, a fair part of our clients decided to stay home. At the end of December 2020, we had no more than 20 people visiting the facility to exercise.
Lesson learned in 2020
One of the most important lessons of 2020 related to covid pandemic for us was the feedback from our clients regarding the negative effect of stopping the exercises. Of course, we tried to help and provided some custom-made fitness videos to do at home with the help of Ruth Kroes, our fitness instructor of Pump on Wheels. When we reopened, we did a survey with some of the clients. They all confirmed that it was difficult for them to exercise or in other ways stay active at home. The clients experienced a setback with their flexibility and overall wellbeing. This confirms the conclusions of all the international studies we have read about. To prevent medical complications and stay fit, regular exercising is essential for our clients