Now the pubs are open, when do gyms reopen?

Whether you’re a gym bunny or not, living room workouts have likely lost their novelty after four months of accidentally hitting the sofa with each squat.

Well, the wait is nearly over as public gyms are set to reopen imminently.

Chatting on LBC radio, Boris Johnson told host Nick Ferrari on Saturday that gyms will be free to resume business in “a couple of weeks” – which could mean as soon as July 18.

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While the Prime Minister didn’t give an exact date himself, he said: “We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a COVID-19 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.”

He also said he is hopeful to get people back to the theatre “as fast as we possibly can”.

Johnson said: “The best way forward is to get the economy moving again. We want to get every part of our industry doing so, including theatres, that are just so vital.”

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Back in May, when the government released their Our Plan To Rebuild manifesto, gyms were originally due to bounce back on July 4 alongside pubs on Super Saturday.

However, BoJo’s spokesperson later said that gyms could not open “because of the level of activity that goes on, and the number of surfaces that are touched”.

Yet with gyms vowing to make significant changes to how they operate – including booking systems to prevent overcrowding – it seems the government are taking a U-turn.

Nuffield Health, who own gyms all across the UK, have released details on how they plan to keep their staff and customers safe going forward.

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They state: “We’re introducing new cleaning procedures and social distancing measures, which have been guided by the experts at UK Active, the UK government and Public Health England, Wales and Scotland and the Charity’s infection prevention team.

“We’ll be checking everyone’s temperature on arrival and if anyone has a high temperature, they won’t be able to enter the club.

“Members will be encouraged to sanitise their hands at reception and additional hand sanitiser units have been positioned at areas across the club.

“We’ll be sanitising gym equipment throughout the day and giving the entire club a deep clean every night. All staff have had cleaning training and they’ll be using a two-stage cleaning process including a detergent, followed by a disinfectant.

“You’ll see new social distancing signs around the gym, including one-way systems. We’re also limiting the number of members in each area, such as the gym, studios, pool and changing rooms. And we’ve reduced the amount of equipment and lockers available.”

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Nuffield Health will also run smaller classes to keep everyone safe, as well as cutting the timeframe shorter to make sure they have enough time to clean the studios in-between.

Their spas, beauty suites and crèches will stay closed, with cafés on reduced service.

Meanwhile, Fitness First say they have also been busy behind the scenes, making important changes so when it’s safe to reopen they are ready to welcome you back.

Over the weekend, there were mixed reports from bar owners regarding the practicalities of how alcohol and social distancing marry together.

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Many said reopening should have been introduced on a Monday, not Saturday, to ease people back into booze culture rather than having them flock to pubs all on one day.

However, the UK recorded 22 fatalities yesterday – the lowest Sunday since lockdown.

Taking into account the Black Lives Matter protests began three weeks ago, this reduced death toll seems to show the virus can be maintained without people in quarantine.

Nevertheless, it is still a case of assessing the situation day-by-day as Leicester is now the first city to be placed into local lockdown after a spike of cases across Leicestershire.