How gyms will look when they reopen with new coronavirus safety rules

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GYMS are expected to be given the green light to reopen within days – but working out will be very different post-lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reportedly today announce which businesses get the go-ahead to welcome back customers.

It’s expected this will include gyms, with fitness centres set to be allowed to reopen from “mid-July” – which would be as soon as next week. 

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

It comes after gyms were left out of the Prime Minister’s latest unlocking of the economy, when he gave pubs and restaurants permission to reopen from July 4.

But working out won’t be the same when gyms do reopen – here we reveal the changes you can expect.

Each fitness centre will have slightly different measures in place, so do check what your local gym has planned.

Most gyms say they’ll reopen with sneeze screens around some workout equipment, such as treadmills.

This was the case when The Sun visited The Gym Group last month, while chains including Feelgood Fitness and Wellness Centre also have similar measures in place.

The idea is that the screens act as a safety barrier between gym-goers.

For gyms that don’t have screens, you may find some equipment has been turned off or moved apart.

You may find your gym will ask you to shorten your workout, so that more people can use their facilities.

This was the case when we visited The Gym Group, where they’ll be asking customers to exercise for no longer than one hour.

It’s worth contacting your local fitness centre when they reopen to see what measures they have in place.

Gym classes will also be very different, with limited spaces and new workout boxes to mark out safe distances between people.

David Lloyd is planning on reopening with up to 90 gym classes on offer a week and with only five people allowed per session, plus the instructor.

Images show boxes marked out to show how much room everyone has to room.

Total Fitness will also be running classes with a 50 per cent capacity – although they haven’t said how many they’ll be running per week.

But you may find your local gym will scrap classes altogether when they reopen – this was the case at The Gym Group when we visited.

Some gyms will also ask you to arrive in your workout clothes, to avoid people gathering in changing rooms.

Fitness centres may not even be allowed to reopen with changing rooms – this will depend on the government guidance when it’s announced.

Changing rooms have been scrapped in high street clothing stores.

You also shouldn’t be surprised if you see gym staff and personal trainers wearing PPE, such as gloves and face masks.

This has been the case in other businesses that have reopened including hairdressers and in the retail industry.

Gyms could follow in the footsteps of various restaurants and airports across the world and introduce temperature checks.

This would involve having a thermometer aimed at your forehead every time you go to the gym to identify if you’re sick.

If a person has a fever and therefore might be infected with coronavirus, they would then be turned away and urged to seek medical care.

Some gyms are introducing new capacity trackers on their smart phone apps, so that you can see how busy they are before you leave your home.

The Gym Group is just one chain that’ll be doing this.

The idea is that this will stop queues forming outside venues, as well as long waits for machines.

Communal water fountains will likely be turned off, with customers encouraged to bring their own bottles.

According to the World Health Organisation, there’s little evidence to suggest that coronavirus can be passed through water.

But turning water fountains off will mean one less space inside gyms where people can potentially gather.

Like most businesses that have reopened, you’ll likely find new hand sanitiser stations in your gym.

But fitness centres will go one step further, by introducing sanitiser stations for your equipment.

In some gyms, you’ll be asked to wipe down your machine after use – this will be on top of staff cleaning equipment.

Most gyms will have queue markers outside venues, in case you do need to wait to get inside.

This is because most places will be reducing the number of people they allowed inside at one time – this number will vary depending on the size of your gym.

Some fitness centres may also follow other businesses by putting one-way markers on the floor to control the flow of people moving around the gym.

The Sun has also taken a look at how spas will look post-lockdown, including no facials and temperature checks.

The Sun has also rounded up all the changes you’ll find when you next visit the cinema, including fewer seats and no pick and mix.

Plus, here are all the changes you can expect when you visit an Intu shopping centre now “non-essential” stores are open.

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