The news that relaxing COVID-19 restrictions will allow for the reopening of gyms, indoor pools, yoga studios and other indoor areas of exercise has been met with relief by gym owners and fitness enthusiasts alike.
From June 13, gymnasiums and other, similar outlets will be able to have 100 people indoors at a time, with limits on 10 people at a time for fitness classes.
Fitness Focus' Andrew Bassett said the staff at his workplace were 'very excited' although still only in the planning stages for their reopening of doors.
"The biggest question for all of us right now is how well the businesses are going to be able to bounce back when the community gets back to being able to support their local business, that's the hardest guessing game at the moment," Mr Bassett said.
We have to not only have a clean place but a place that's going to uphold and maintain standards for our businesses to keep longevity.Andrew Bassett
"Just because we can open our doors, there's still operations costs and staffing wages to consider, so we're looking at employing a staged approach to our return."
At present, Fitness Focus' staged approach will mean operating for at least a month with a reduced list of services, as questions are yet to be answered about the gym's creche facility and certain classes.
Despite that setback, Mr Bassett is optimistic about the immediate future, calling the eased restrictions 'really fantastic'.
"The restrictions on classes do make it a little bit challenging, but the main message is that we're abiding by the legislation in terms of cleaning codes and what's been recommended to deal with COVID-19," Mr Bassett said.
Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders called the easing of restrictions 'a start' but not a complete shift back to business as normal.
"You want to ensure you're not putting people's health at risk but providing some kind of economic stability again," Mr Saunders said.
"Maintaining distance is part of our new way of life and that will be for some time, but I think most people are ready to do a bit more."
"Really, until we see a cure or a vaccine for COVID-19 things will remain slightly different, indefinitely. We have to be careful into the foreseeable future."