IT’S been a long four months for fitness fans, but they can finally return to hitting weights and doing full body workouts in their beloved gyms.
The reopening of gyms in England has been widely applauded on social media, although some have admitted to “nearly dying” after trying to “pick up a light pair of dumbbells” for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.
Gyms in England have reopened as of Saturday, July 25.
The news will come as a welcome relief to bulging Brits looking to regain their fitness, after months of gyms and leisure centres being shut.
But there will be noticeable changes at these facilities to minimise the spread of coronavirus while adhering to new government guidelines.
Health experts are believed to be satisfied fitness centres are safe to head back to following a steady decrease in Covid-19 cases.
They will need to follow new rules such as limiting the number of people allowed to work out and equipment being thoroughly disinfected after each use.
Changing rooms could also be closed and gym-goers will be told to arrive and leave in the same clothes.
Gyms and leisure centres will be allowed to reopen in England from July 25, but at least a third of public facilities are expected to remain shut due to financial hardship.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also confirmed that indoor gyms, swimming pools and other sport and exercise facilities will not reopen in Luton or Blackburn with Darwen due to an increase in coronavirus cases in those areas.
The Gym Group has offered a glimpse into how the gym floor will look once it opens.
Customers will be asked to spend no more than 45 minutes working out and will have screens around treadmills with some equipment being turned off completely.
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.