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Queues As Indoor Gyms And Pools Reopen In England

Queues As Indoor Gyms And Pools Reopen In England

As the UK takes tentative steps to return to normality amid the coronavirus pandemic, a number of indoor swimming pools and gyms in England have reopened.

And if there's one thing we know how to do on the isles, it's queue - unsurprisingly, people have been standing in line as they wait to return to exercising following lockdown.

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So eager were the nation's fitness fanatics to get back into the swing of things following lockdown that a number of David Lloyd members flocked to the Hampton studio for its midnight opening, taking part in a special class with TV presenter Jeff Brazier.

Elsewhere, a number of gyms experienced queues out the door as members rushed to get back into their normal exercise routine.

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However, while indoor sports facilities are finally able to start up again in England, there are strict guidelines in place to prevent a second wave of cases.

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As others opened their doors today, gym staff were shown taking extra precautions to maintain hygiene measures, including sanitising weights and equipment and wearing PPE.

Other measures include sanitiser stations in place of water fountains and a reliance on members to sanitise equipment after use and turn up in workout clothes to avoid crowding in changing rooms.

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Spacing out equipment and limiting the number of people who are allowed to attend at any one time will also be commonplace, following suit from the likes of the restaurant and dining, shopping and education sectors.

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To give you an idea of how gyms will look in the so-called 'new normal',PureGym and Total Fitness recently revealed their plans for reopening without putting customers at risk.

Safety measures include preventing infected people from attending, hand washing stations and limiting the number of people in the gym.

Announcing its reopening on Twitter, The Gym Group followed suit with similar safety measures, including screen dividers added between some kit and floor markers to help people keep a safe distance.

Meanwhile, Virgin Active said in a statement: "Our clubs are large with spacious studios and equipment zones.

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"We've been able to adapt our club layouts and class capacities to apply social distancing without compromising your exercise experience in any way."

Although the reopening of workout spots will be welcome news for many people across the UK, let it be known that roughly a third of public facilities in England will remain shut, as will all indoor gym in Wales and Scotland for the time being.

In addition, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced sports facilities will not start up again in Luton or Blackburn with Darwen due to an increase in coronavirus cases in those areas.

Topics: UK News, Gym

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]