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Fitness expert Majed Al Hamad examines plans for post-pandemic gyms

Personal trainer and fitness expert Majed Al Hamad on how gyms and health centres will emerge post-pandemic

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on the mental health of entire nations, and while we wait to see how the virus behaves for the rest of the year, it’s going to be a difficult period of further adjustment.

Gyms may not seem essential to some people, but for many regular users they are much more than just a place to exercise. Many rely on their regular gym visits for their sense of wellbeing. So, when are gyms in England going to reopen and how will they work?

When will post-pandemic gyms reopen?

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, and other services can open from 4 July 2020 in England if they comply with specific regulations, according to the latest Government announcement. However, millions of keen gym-goers are wondering when health centres, indoor gyms and other leisure facilities in England will reopen.

According to Sky News, Business Secretary Alok Sharma says it is the Government’s “aspiration” for gyms to open up from mid-July. There has been industry-led backlash against the perceived Governmental delay to open gyms and health centres, with owners insisting they would be as safe as other businesses.

Health industry leaders such as Duncan Bannatyne, founder of Bannatyne Health Clubs, argues that the Government don’t know how well-prepared gyms already are because they haven’t visited to assess the post-pandemic measures planned. However, Mr Sharma says: “If you’re in a gym you’re going to be exerting yourself more [and] the chances of aerosol dispersion is going to be higher.”

While it’s understandable that gym owners want to open their doors to members, how much does it mean to consumers?

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