The Forum Difference

Last updated 12 November

Newcastle University Sport – The Forum is a registered COVID Safe business.

As the COVID-19 restrictions ease we are excited to return to what we love, like training at the gym and focusing on our health and wellbeing.

Our Forum venues will require bookings through The Forum App for use of the gym and group fitness.

To ensure that the health and safety of our Forum Community and Team Members is our top priority we have introduced a range of new measures.


What we are doing

Increased Cleaning

  • Our Team Members are actively enforcing the COVID Safety Plan
  • Our Team members are conducting ongoing cleaning with in the venue during your visit. Safe Work Australia Guidelines are adhered to with all cleaning procedures
  • Full clean of shower facilities in line with Safe Work Australia guidelines.

Forum Safety Standards

  • All Team Members have completed the Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training
  • Non-essential areas of the facilities will remain closed until restrictions ease
  • Hygiene Marshal
  • Masks for staff
  • Temperature screening upon entry
  • Hydration stations are available to fill water bottles, mouth bubblers will remain closed.
  • Sweat towels are compulsory.

Social Distancing

  • All members and staff will adhere to 1.5 metres distancing at all times
  • Our team will actively support this practise.

Keeping each other safe

At this time, our Forum community is more important than ever. Newcastle University Sport and The Forum facilities continue to operate within alignment with Public Health Orders and restrictions.

At present there are new restrictions related to those travelling from Victoria;

  • Currently in force is a requirement for anyone who has travelled from Greater Melbourne recently to self-isolate for 14 days from their departure. All employees and Forum Community members will be required to adhere to the detail outlined here.

You can further assist our team and your fellow community members stay safe by adhering to The Forum 's strict Safety Standards and the following guidelines.

Your commitment to us

  • Stay home if you are unwell and currently experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.
  • You must adhere to NUsport's strict COVID Safety Plan when in the venue.
  • Adhere to NSW Government Public Health Orders and Restrictions.
  • Adhere to NSW Government advice with regard to COVID-19 hot spots and case locations.
  • Adhere to Social Distancing restrictions. You must stay 1.5 metres apart from our Team and fellow members. Follow the directions of our Team Members at all time.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly, either with soap and water or hand sanitiser. Apply hand sanitiser on arrival and exit of the venue. We encourage you to carry and use your own personal hand sanitiser while in the venue.
  • Sweat towels are compulsory. Use a clean sweat towel for each session. We recommend you use one as a barrier on the equipment and one to towel perspiration while exercising.
  • Clean and disinfect your equipment before and after use. Cleaning stations are available with high-grade disinfectant and paper towel.
  • Follow the strict COVID Safe directions for entering and exiting the venue. Team Members will be providing directions and adhere to signage throughout the venue.
  • Adhere to the strict booking system for Venue access. There is no access to other areas of the Venue other than your designated booking activity.
  • Exit the venue at the conclusion of the booking time. Please do not loiter within the venue.
  • Follow the direction of our Team Members at all times.
  • You must clean and disinfect the equipment before and after use.

Outdoor Training

  • If you want to use a stretching mat, during your session you must bring your own mat.
  • Wear appropriate clothing suitable for the elements.

Group Fitness

  • Adhere to social distancing restrictions. You must stay 1.5m apart.


  • Train at a safe distance by using the markings set out within the gym to complete your work out.
  • No equipment is to be moved, excluding functional equipment.
  • Treat the gym space with respect.
  • Follow the 30-minute time limit on all cardio machines and squat racks.
  • Only use equipment which is available. Do not use equipment which has been sectioned off.
  • No sharing of equipment. During this time super setting and spotting is NOT permitted.
  • Please see the Gym Instructor to set up a safe training station to perform your workout.
  • Notify a Team Member of any equipment damages, repairs or members not following The Forum’s Safety Standards.
  • Covered shoes are always required. No bare feet or socks permitted for workouts.
  • Return all equipment after use.

Frequently asked questions

What are your trading hours?
How is The Forum ensuring the health of members and staff?
What should I expect the first time I return to the gym?
What hygiene etiquette should I be following?
Are shower facilities available?
Can I access the facilities like I did before you closed?
Do I need to book to access the gym and group fitness classes?
How long can I train for?
Is the pool available?
What classes will be available?
What do I need to bring?
What if I am a Fitness Passport Member?
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