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Gyms in England could reopen in July
POSTED 21 May 2020 . BY Liz Terry
Government officials will be shown operators' plans for making gyms COVID-19 compliant Credit: Shutterstock/Gil Cohen Magen
Our plan is to take government and Public Health England officials out to sites to reassure them that gyms can safely implement social distancing
– Huw Edwards, CEO, ukactive
Gyms in England could be open in July if lobbying by the fitness industry comes to fruition.

The government had initially indicated that gyms would be unlikely to reopen before October, however, Huw Edwards, chief executive of ukactive, has told the Guardian that talks are ongoing around reopening far sooner, saying “The government has said to us nothing before the fourth of July. Our plan is to take government and Public Health England officials out to sites to reassure them that gyms can safely implement social distancing. We are going to be a completely open book.”

He said he was "cautiously optimistic the industry could be back on its feet by the summer," saying: “We want to open in a way which is safe for staff and customers, allows people to come back and train, and then gets businesses up and running again."

ukactive has coordinated a strong industry response to the shutdown, by rallying operators to coordinate action and publishing operating standards for gym owners to follow in delivering against COVID-19 compliant procedures and contributing to research showing the demand for gyms among consumers.

The organisation has also been tireless in stressing the value of the physical activity sector in combatting health issues around obesity, the control of excess body fat and other health factors around lifestyle diseases which are known to worsen outcomes in COVID-19 cases.

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21 May 2020

Gyms in England could reopen in July
BY Liz Terry

Government officials will be shown operators' plans for making gyms COVID-19 compliant

Government officials will be shown operators' plans for making gyms COVID-19 compliant
photo: Shutterstock/Gil Cohen Magen

Gyms in England could be open in July if lobbying by the fitness industry comes to fruition.

The government had initially indicated that gyms would be unlikely to reopen before October, however, Huw Edwards, chief executive of ukactive, has told the Guardian that talks are ongoing around reopening far sooner, saying “The government has said to us nothing before the fourth of July. Our plan is to take government and Public Health England officials out to sites to reassure them that gyms can safely implement social distancing. We are going to be a completely open book.”

He said he was "cautiously optimistic the industry could be back on its feet by the summer," saying: “We want to open in a way which is safe for staff and customers, allows people to come back and train, and then gets businesses up and running again."

ukactive has coordinated a strong industry response to the shutdown, by rallying operators to coordinate action and publishing operating standards for gym owners to follow in delivering against COVID-19 compliant procedures and contributing to research showing the demand for gyms among consumers.

The organisation has also been tireless in stressing the value of the physical activity sector in combatting health issues around obesity, the control of excess body fat and other health factors around lifestyle diseases which are known to worsen outcomes in COVID-19 cases.




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