When will gyms reopen in the UK? – The Sun

WITH the UK still under lockdown, gyms are among the non-essential businesses which have had to remain closed to the public.

But the Government is currently planning a "road map" to ease us out of the nationwide restrictions – so could gyms be finally set to open again?

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When will gyms reopen in the UK?

Boris Johnson is expected to give a speech to the country on Sunday about plans to slowly bring us out of lockdown.

The Government hasn't yet confirmed when gyms could reopen.

However, chain PureGym says it's trying to work out how to change the layout of its facilities to allow for social distancing.

Member numbers could also be capped.

CEO Humphrey Cobbold told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that the chain was working to upgrade hygiene and sanitation procedures in order to "provide a safe environment for the future".

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However, Mr Cobbold added that gyms will only be reopened when permitted to do so by the government.

Some countries – including the Czech Republic – will reopen gyms in May, while others, like Italy, plan to keep them shut, even as restrictions ease.

In the UK, it's predicted that gyms will be among the last businesses to reopen.

It is understood the Government is working towards a "traffic light" strategy, with red, amber and green phases for partial lifts, extending freedoms and wider freedoms.

Gyms would feature in the later stages of these plans for normal life to resume, along with, for example, pubs.

How will social distancing work after lockdown?

Radical measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus will be in place for up to a year, it is believed.

At work, this is likely to mean screens between desks, staff sitting back-to-back and a ban on hot desking and sharing of equipment.

These measures will also be enforced in gyms.

Brits can expect hand sanitiser at all entry and exit points, regular cleaning of equipment, and yellow and black tape to tell people where to stand.

Gym members could also be asked to frequently wash their hands during visits.

When will outdoor gym equipment be safe to use again?

Much outdoor fitness equipment can be found in parks – and Brits are under strict orders not to use the kit.

Parks remain open to people taking their daily exercise, but playgrounds and all communal exercise areas are shut to the public.

There are currently no updates as to when these areas could reopen.

The Prime Minister also warned that all gatherings in public areas would be dispersed to help Brits comply with social distancing measures.

In April, Tory MP Simon Clarke, who represents Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, told the BBC parks in the area were closed due to people "congregating, arranging to meet friends and turning up and playing football".

During the same month, Lambeth council in South London sparked outrage for shutting Brockwell Park after saying 3,000 people had visited the park – in an area with a population 26 times the size.

Will I be able to renew my gym membership if I cancelled?

All gyms are likely to be glad of the business when they eventually reopen.

However, there could be a cap on new members joining due to social distancing.

Many gym companies have frozen all membership payments for the duration of lockdown, including The Gym Group, Pure Gym, DW Fitness First, Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and David Lloyd.

Gym fees already paid will be either refunded by most gyms or added to accounts as a credit.

It's not currently possible to sign up to new memberships at most major gym chains.

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