Duncan Bannatyne

Bannatyne Health Clubs in East Midlands have been praised by inspectors who have carried out Covid safety spot checks

The clubs, in Burton-on-Trent, Leicester, Mansfield, and Worksop passed the risk assessments undertaken by officials from the Health and Safety Executive.

The inspections highlighted the following areas for particular praise:

  • Burton-on-Trent: ‘Good knowledge and observed procedure’.
  • Leicester: ‘The business has implemented: Covid learning course for staff, increased the space between workplaces, temperature checker at the entrance, one-way system’.
  • Mansfield: ‘All systems in place are very well-managed and maintained’.
  • Worksop:  ‘Ability to social distance is easy as all equipment has been moved or separated’; ‘Regular cleaning is done through the day and members encouraged to also clean as they go’.

Duncan Bannatyne, chief executive and executive chairman of the group said: “We always have maintained high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in our clubs, but put even stricter regimes in place to combat Covid-19.

“During the pandemic, we have made and continue to make considerable investments in our clubs to ensure they are as safe as possible for members and staff.

“We are proud of our teams across the group, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of members during these unprecedent times.”

In the run-up to its clubs being allowed to reopen, the company undertook an extensive assessment of the Covid-19 infection risk to members and staff and made changes to its working practices to reduce the risk as far as practicable, while continuing to deliver first class, professional services.

The procedures adopted at Bannatyne Club have included include temperature checks on arrival, hand sanitising stations, enhanced cleaning procedures, and cashless transactions using contactless payment.

The HSE is visiting businesses unannounced to check they continue to work safely in the wake of Covid restrictions being relaxed.