Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2020

Gyms open: Are gyms open now? All the rules and changes you need to know

Gyms, leisure centres and indoor swimming pools have all been closed since March 21, when the coronavirus lockdown was first announced. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the move to reopen gyms would help the country “match-fit to defeat the virus”. It comes amid growing fears of inactivity among the population due to social distancing and having been accustomed to staying indoors.

Are gyms open now?

As it stands, gyms are not yet open in the UK, however, the good news is fitness fanatics do not have much longer to wait.

Gyms, leisure centres and indoor pools will be allowed to open on Saturday, July 25, according to Mr Dowden.

He said: “The reopening of gyms is the news millions across the country have been waiting for with many people desperate to jump on a spinning bike or dive into a pool.

“Our comprehensive guidance will ensure gyms, pools and leisure centres have the support their need to reopen safely for their customers and staff.”

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It is likely you will also have to arrive already in your kit, as a lot of gyms will be keeping their changing facilities closed for the time being.

Lockers and showers are also likely to be out of bounds in a bid to facilitate social distancing.

Many gyms may also require customers to have their temperature taken a the door, and declare any potential coronavirus symptoms before being allowed to enter the facility.

Health club giant PureGym previously said it is working out how its facilities could be adapted to social distancing, alongside limiting the numbers allowed in at once.

Geoff Bamber, CEO and co-founder of Digme, told the Independent: “When coming back to the gym, members should continue with their hygiene practices, such as increased hand washing.

“Aside from respecting the safety guidelines put in place by our Government, we are asking everyone to show extra kindness and patience towards our studio teams, instructors and your fellow members.”

In a statement, PureGym said: “We understand that these decisions are not easy, but it is a strange ‘war on obesity’ that sees pubs and restaurants open before gyms.

“Our facilities are, on averages eh size of five or six doubles tennis courts and are exceptionally well ventilated, enabling people to work and exercise safely and securely.”

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