When Are Gyms Opening In The UK In 2021?

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When Are Gyms Opening In The UK In 2021?

Gyms are reopening in England on 12 April, which is the next stage of Boris Johnson's four-step roadmap out of lockdown.

While some people can't wait to get back on the treadmill, others are a bit more apprehensive about the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Here's everything you need to know about returning to the gym.

Gyms in England reopen on 12 April


Outdoor sports activities started back on 29 March in England and from Monday, 12 April, gyms, hairdressers, non-essential retail and pubs will be reopening.

"After 14 weeks of closure we are absolutely thrilled to be opening up our gyms in England on Monday and expect approaching one million workouts over the course of next week," said Rebecca Passmore, UK Managing Director of PureGym.

Most outdoor attractions also open on this date with social distancing measures in place.

Each stage of the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown happens five weeks apart. That's so the impact of easing restrictions can be measured, before moving on to the next stage.


The next major date will be 17 May, when restrictions ease even more and you'll be able to meet friends for a meal indoors.

What are gyms doing to keep COVID-safe?

Gyms will be operating at a smaller capacity, meaning you'll most likely need to book a slot to go, and there will be extra sanitising measures in place.

You'll need to practice social distancing and clean down any equipment you use when you're finished with it. Some gyms are allowing you to use locker rooms, showers and changing facilities with social distancing measures in place. Other gyms are keeping those facilities closed for now, so best to check before you go.


For now, you can only go to the gym alone or with members of your household or bubble. Fitness classes will have to continue online for now though.

When can we go back to swimming pools and fitness classes?

Fitness classes indoors are on hold until 17 May 2021 ' Credit: Unsplash/Bruce Mars
Fitness classes indoors are on hold until 17 May 2021 ' Credit: Unsplash/Bruce Mars

Indoor exercise classes and sports won't be allowed to start until stage three in the roadmap out of lockdown, which is on 17 May.


Swimming pools open from 12 April, with social distancing measures in place. Unfortunately though, saunas and steam rooms will remain closed for now.

Can I go to the gym if I'm shielding?

If you're shielding, the government advises you to minimise contact with people from outside of your bubble and household.

The advice doesn't explicitly say to avoid gyms, but if you are going to be indoors with people not in your household or bubble, you should make sure it's well ventilated with fresh air and proper hygiene measures are being followed.


It's best to talk to your gym about any worries you might have before you go.

The government plans on lifting all COVID-19 restrictions in England by 21 June 2021.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash/Anastase Maragos

Topics: lockdown, Gym, Fitness

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