Speaking on LBC this morning, the Prime Minister said: ‘We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a Covid-secure way and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment, if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks’ time.’
He also added he wants to get theatres open ‘as fast as we possibly can’.
‘The best way forward for the country is to get the economy moving again,’ he said, ‘We want to get every part of our industry, including theatres, that are so vital.’
Further coronavirus lockdown easing measures last week, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, leisure facilities, tourist attractions, museums and outdoor gyms able to open from July 4, however, there was anger at the fact that gyms and fitness centres weren’t yet included.
Huw Edwards, the chief executive of UK Active which represents thousands of gyms and leisure centres said:
‘Many people will be understandably frustrated by the decision not to reopen the fitness and leisure sector from 4 July.
‘Our sector’s safety standards are among the highest in Europe, where other nations have already reopened their gyms and leisure facilities safely.
‘Any further delay to our reopening will threaten our nation’s recovery from Covid-19. With obesity the second largest cause of hospitalisation from this virus, gyms and leisure centres are equipped to not only combat Covid-19, but to support rehabilitation for those recovering from the virus.’
An exact official date for the reopening of gyms in the UK has not been confirmed at this moment in time.
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