GYMS say they’re “excited and ready to welcome our members back for a safe and great workout” from April 12.
The reopening of England’s gyms is part of the government’s route back to a more normal life after the third Covid lockdown – but classes aren’t resuming straight away.
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Fitness fans can return to the gym from April 12, 2021Credit: AFP or licensors
When will gym classes start again?
Group exercise classes won’t restart until mid-May under the Prime Minister’s lockdown easing plans.
Gym classes are mentioned in ‘Step 3’ of the government’s roadmap to normality in England.
It says that as part of this step – no earlier than May 17 – the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible.
So, from May 17, “indoor locations to open up include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes”.
Gym classes are earmarked to start in mid-MayCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images
When will gyms open?
Fitness fans will be able to hit the gym from April 12, 2021 for solo exercise as part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.
As part of his announcement, the PM said gyms will be allowed to reopen from April 12 as long as strict conditions are met, meaning Brits will no longer be limited to just working out outside.
Pure Gym said: “We are excited and ready to welcome our members back, for a safe and great workout.”
The PM says gyms can reopen from April 12, 2021
When can outdoor exercise start?
You can currently exercise outside in public places including neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, the countryside, public gardens and grounds, under the third lockdown rules.
But, ministers are introducing further relaxations on exercise at the end of March – including outdoor tennis courts and golf courses, which enable people to remain socially distant.
Children’s sports can begin in schools when they return to classrooms in England on March 8, 2021.
However no other recreational sport is allowed to resume until March 29.
On this date kids and adults can take part in sports outside, with venues including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools reopening.
Outdoor swimming pools and open water venues will be able to open from 29 March.
With some of us putting on weight during lockdown, a return to more exercise is welcome