Gyms and indoor recreation centers may reopen in April, PM says
Gyms and indoor recreation centers may reopen from April 12 at the earliest, the government said.
Fitness facilities can only be visited on their own or in groups of households, and although spas may reopen, saunas and steam rooms will remain closed until the ‘third leg’ of the government’s route out of lockdown. .
The reopening of the gyms is part of the ‘second stage’, which will also see the opening of all retail, outdoor hospitality and personal care businesses such as hairdressers and nail salons.
“This step will reopen certain sections of our internal economy and more external environments, restore jobs and livelihoods and allow people to access some of the activities and services that are most important to them,” the government said.
It will come about two weeks after the reopening of outdoor sports like golf, tennis, basketball courts and swimming pools, which is expected to take effect on March 29.
The government added that it will update its Covid safety guidelines to advise businesses on improving the flow of fresh air indoors and performing regular testing.
In its road map to get out of lockdown, the government said: “The opening of outdoor sports venues will help reduce the adverse effects on the physical and mental health of a large part of the population, especially those who live in the area. children and people living alone.
“Exercise and outdoor sports are well documented to reduce individual risk of serious illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and the risk of premature death up to 30%.
“Physical activity is also known to help improve mental health through better sleep, happier moods, and managing stress, anxiety, or intrusive and ‘rushed’ thoughts.
From May 17 at the earliest, indoor sports for adults, such as gymnastics classes, will be permitted again.
April 12 is the first date indoor gyms can open to the public, but it must happen at least five weeks after the first stage.
The bosses of the UK’s biggest gym chains warned last week that without news of the planned reopening, the country’s physical and mental health could deteriorate.