Boris Johnson will give the gyms the go-ahead to reopen within days if they take steps to slow the spread of Covid
- Boris Johnson will announce that the gyms will be given permission to reopen
- Ministers are satisfied that the sector is ready if they take strict measures
- Gyms across the UK have been preparing to reopen since late June
Boris Johnson will today give the gyms permission to reopen within a few days.
The prime minister is expected to provide details of the recent economic development as coronavirus cases continue to decline.
The ministers decided last night which sectors should give the go-ahead for a new start. However, according to Whitehall sources, health authorities were convinced that reopening gyms is safe if they take strict measures to slow the spread of the virus.
They can be reopened until mid-July and possibly next week. Other sectors that are being considered for reopening are swimming pools, beauty salons, nail bars, bowling alleys and casinos.
Although gyms and outdoor playgrounds may reopen tomorrow, the indoor gyms remain closed due to the risk of indoor virus transmission (pictured here, participants are taking a small exercise class at the Lionheart Gym in Bedlington, Northumberland.)
The David Lloyd Fitness Center in Chigwell has taken various measures to reopen in the near future, including: B. moving devices at a distance of two meters. (Picture on June 23)
Graham Lilley measures the space at the Anytime Gym in Leeds as employees prepare for the eventual green light from the government to say that indoor gyms can be reopened
However, other sectors such as theaters and night clubs are likely to remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Despite crowded scenes in some city centers last weekend, Mr. Johnson is ready to proceed to the next phase of reopening. But he will warn again that restrictions could be brought back if people do not behave responsibly or if viruses occur.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak hinted at plans to reopen the gyms during the House of Commons exchange yesterday when he suggested they could go into operation when his new discounted meal voucher arrives in early August.
Sammy Wilson of the DUP said it was time to reopen the gyms and joked: "I think the clothing stores could also welcome it, because once we have eaten our meals for half the price of a month, we could visit them all . "
The Chancellor replied, "Perhaps we can go next to" Eating to Help "to make progress in reopening our gyms so that we can address this side of the equation at the same time."
As of July 4, outdoor gyms were allowed to open, but government scientists were still nervous about lifting restrictions on indoor facilities, which were considered to be a high risk of spreading the virus.
The Prime Minister said his government would reopen the gyms "as soon as we can do it in a Covid-safe manner" (pictured: outdoor spin course at a David Lloyd fitness center in Chigwell).
The decision infuriated operators who insist that they can run their businesses safely, arguing that they have sent bad public health news to reopen pubs and restaurants while the gyms remain closed.
A Whitehall source said: “Gyms are a particular challenge because of the way they do business. It's basically about having a large number of people in the house, sharing equipment, and getting out of breath. If you're dealing with a respiratory virus, this is obviously a challenge. & # 39;
The rules for reopening gyms will be published in the coming days. However, it is likely that the number of people who can exercise at the same time will decrease.
Operators must clean the equipment each time it is used and the changing rooms can be closed. The athletes are asked to arrive in their equipment and to leave.
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