Throughout lockdown, I’ve done nothing but eat, drink, sleep, repeat – and I’m sure the rest of Yorkshire has done the same. It’s been hard during this self-isolation period to get into a healthy routine which would benefit the body, but it seems I will have no excuse soon, as gyms could re-open in just a few days.
Boris Johnson is expected to unveil the plan on how he will further help the economy later today. Whitehall sources are said to have stated that health officials are happy to have indoor gyms reopen providing they follow a list of strict measures.
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 and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment, if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks.
“The best way forward for the country is to get the economy moving again. We want to get every part of our industry, including theatres, that are so vital.”
“People, I think, listening to this debate do know the answer to that, and that is to stop the spread of the disease.”
So that’s it, straight from the horse’s mouth. I will don the lycra one more and head to the gym to turn the marshmallow mound I have become into something a little more beach-worthy.
Oliver Dowden, The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, posted to Twitter that “Many people keen to hit the gym & keeping Britain fit is key in Covid battle… We’ve made lots of progress & I know steps businesses have taken to make their spaces & equipment safe. Subject to public health, our aspiration is to reopen gyms & leisure facilities in mid-July.”
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”.
He added: “Our sector’s safety standards are among the highest in Europe, where other nations have already reopened their gyms and leisure facilities safely.