Following the announcement that pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen on 4th July, the country was outraged as Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to allow gyms and leisure centres to open too. Petitions were made, and we spoke to the manager at Lytham’s Your Gym manager, Rob Ward, who revealed how much the gym is doing to protect the public. He wrote a blog post with all this information and his view on the government disallowing gyms to open – which you can check out HERE.
Today (Friday 3rd) Boris Johns has spoken to LBC stating that:
“The best way forward for the country is to get the economy moving again.
“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.”
As the lockdown restrictions ease across the country, venues including outdoor gyms and playgrounds have been permitted to open, however gyms are still waiting for the go-ahead.
Glenn Earlam, Chief executive of David Lloyd Clubs, criticised Johnson’s choice to not reopen gyms as “completely illogical”.
From the beginning of lockdown the government have stated that the public must stay active – permitting us to leave the house for one daily form of exercise during extreme lockdown measures. Earlam stated: “The chief medical officer has regularly said that health and fitness is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19.”
After 14 and a half weeks in lockdown, the public have become tired and restless of performing home-workouts, with a lack of motivation and the difficulty of living, working and exercising all under one roof.
For the sake of the public’s health, and the gyms that are struggling to stay afloat during lockdown, let’s hope that Boris comes up with a way to allow them to open and for us to lose the dreaded ‘lockdown weight’.