When Can Gyms Reopen In The UK?

14 May 2020, 16:04

Gyms across the country are shut
Gyms across the country are shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: PA

Boris Johnson announced the document for the government’s lockdown exit strategy which permits ‘unlimited exercise’, but when will UK gyms be open again?

The lockdown saw all the gyms in the UK being closed in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and comply with social distancing rules.

Following the six-week review, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the new 50-page ‘blueprint' document titled Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, which gives a detailed look into plans to ease the lockdown.

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Along with the strategy, he addressed the nation on Sunday, May 10, where he revealed that the British public would now be permitted to do ‘unlimited exercise’ during the day, whereas before it was suggested to only leave the house once a day for exercise, for roughly an hour.

The PM reinstated that in order to take part in 'unlimited' outdoor exercise, you must still comply with social distancing rules, keeping a safe minimum of two metres of space between yourself and others.

But when will gyms be allowed to reopen?

When can gyms reopen in the UK?

In the 50-page document, it explains that England could see primary schools, nurseries and some shops reopening on June 1st.

July 4th was announced as the preliminary date in which the ’third phase’ of easing lockdown could take place, which would see hairdressers, places of worship and cinemas reopen. 

However, the government is yet to confirm when gyms can be opened again as the risk of spreading infection is high during workouts or in changing rooms.

A rumoured 'leaked draft' of the lockdown document had initially circulated on Twitter, prior to Boris Johnson's speech, with claims that gyms could be reopened in Autumn.

The rumour claimed: "October - Possible return of football fans to matches. Gyms could be allowed to re-open. But any further lifting of restrictions to get back to normal life would be in doubt amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus or an outbreak of seasonal flu," however, this was not confirmed by the Prime Minister, and still stands as speculation.

Gyms across the UK have all shut indefinitely
Gyms across the UK have all shut indefinitely. Picture: PA

Sports can, instead, be played outdoors, as Boris Johnson said: "We want to encourage more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.

"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own households,” but reiterated that social distancing measures must remain in place.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, took to Twitter to explain which sports are more social distance-friendly.

He wrote: "In recent weeks, our daily exercise has been so important to our health & wellbeing.

"Now in tentative steps fwd, & in the least risky outdoor environments, we can imminently allow some sports activity like golf, basketball, tennis, fishing - solo/in households. Guidance to follow [sic].”

Ultimately, people have been safely doing exercise outdoors or doing home workouts to keep fit.

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