With multiple people sharing equipment every hour, gyms are hotspots for germs and bacteria.
So it makes sense that UK gyms – along with restaurants, bars and shops – were forced to close in March, to limit the spread of coronavirus.
As a result, people have found new ways of working out, from online classes to outdoor workouts.
But it seems gym-goers might not have to wait much longer to be back in action, as new reports suggest workout venues could reopen in the near future.
When will gyms reopen in the UK?
According to the Guardian, gyms and leisure centres could reopen in July, as the government is currently discussing wider proposals to open up grassroots sport.
A government source has said that while any changes to current restrictions are dependent on the wider UK picture, there has been a shift in thinking and that guidelines from UK gyms were now being actively considered by officials.
Huw Edwards, the chief executive of UK Active (a company which represents thousands of gyms and leisure centres) has revealed he is cautiously optimistic the industry could be back in action by summer.
He said: ‘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.
‘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.’
It’s thought that football and rugby clubs could also be allowed to train together in separate groups of five in July, too. That is, if the rate of infections continues to fall and public health officials say it’s safe to do so.
But those wanting to play contact sports – such as rugby or boxing – will have to wait until later in the year, when it’s announced safe to do so.
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