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When will gyms open again in the UK?


BORIS Johnson announced plans to ease England’s lockdown on July 4 allowing pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hair salons to reopen.

Previously, gyms were set to open in early July but fitness enthusiasts will have to wait a little longer before things go back to normal.

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 Gyms will be open "weeks" after pubs and cinemas open

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Gyms will be open “weeks” after pubs and cinemas openCredit: AFP or licensors

When will gyms reopen in the UK?

Gyms will be allowed to reopen in a “couple of weeks,” Boris Johnson confirmed on July 3.

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.

It means fitness centres will follow the reopening of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hotels on July 4 – although they will not reopen with them on Super Saturday.

Instead, they are expected to open in mid-July, although the PM did not give the exact date.

Speaking of Britain’s new freedoms, Mr Johnson told LBC: “The best way forward for the country is to get the economy moving again.”

He added: “We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a Covid-secure way and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks’ time.”

However, outdoor gyms have the go-ahead and have for a while to remain open.

 Gym-goers will have to adhere to gym rules when they return

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Gym-goers will have to adhere to gym rules when they returnCredit: AFP or licensors

How will social distancing work at the gym?

The Gym Group have offered a glimpse into how the gym floor will look once it opens.

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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.

Will I be able to renew my gym membership if I cancelled?

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.


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