Government set to reopen gyms within DAYS if strict coronavirus guidelines are followed to slow down spread

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BORIS Johnson is expected to give the greenlight to reopen gyms within days, it has been reported.

The Prime Minister today will unveil the latest details on unlocking the economy.

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Ministers were reportedly finalising which sectors will be able to restart.

Health officials are said to have happy to have indoor gyms reopen provided they take strict measures, Whitehall sources have said.

They will be allowed to open “mid-July” – which is as soon as next week.

Other sectors being considered for reopening include swimming pools, beauty salons, nail bars, bowling alleys and casinos.

However, theatres and nightclubs look to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Mr Johnson is said to be ready to move to the next stage of reopening, but will be warning that restrictions could come back if people have fail to behave or if cases start to rise.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak hinted that gyms could reopen gyms while unveiling his new Eat Out to Help Out vouchers in the Commons yesterday.

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson said joked: “I think the clothes shops might welcome it as well, as once we’ve eaten our way through a month’s half-priced meals, we might all be visiting them.”

The Chancellor replied: “Perhaps alongside ‘Eat Out To Help Out’, we can make progress on reopening our gyms, so at the same time we can deal with that side of the equation.”

From July 4, outdoor gyms were allowed to reopen but government scientist were still nervous about indoor gyms as its seen as a high risk for spreading the virus.

Gym operators have been reportedly been furious because they argued that reopening pubs and restaurants before gyms sent a poor public health message.

A Whitehall source told The Daily Mail: “Gyms have posed a particular challenge because of the nature of their business.

“They basically involve having a large number of people indoors, sharing equipment and getting out of breath.

“When you are dealing with a respiratory virus that is obviously a challenge.”

The government guidance for gyms will be published in the coming days.

It is likely the number of people who will be allowed to work out will be reduced and equipment will have to be thoroughly disinfected after each use.

Changing rooms could be closed and gym-goers will be told to arrive and leave int the same clothes.

Last week, Mr Johnson said gyms will be reopen “in a couple of weeks”.

Speaking of Britain’s new freedoms, Mr Johnson told LBC: “The best way forward for the country is to get the economy moving again.”

He added: “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.”

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said last month that opening gyms could be possible “at some point later on in July”.

 

 

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