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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Before Covid-19, there was a multitude of reasons why we failed to visit the gym as regularly as we had meant to, but 2020 offered the perfect excuse for everyone: they were mostly closed. Lockdown led to a £90m loss of revenue for UK gyms every week.“This past year has been terrible for us, and the industry, but we worked really hard to adapt,” says Russell Barnes, the chief operating officer at the David Lloyd leisure clubs chain. “We’ve run online content to keep our members engaged and, when the first and second lockdowns were lifted, a huge number of new members signed up.”The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.So, what will gym-goers find on their return? The way restrictions will operate on the ground will vary, depending on the size of each venue. Masks are not required while exercising, but they should be worn in all communal areas, and where there is normally 2 metres for social distancing, within gyms that is extended to three.While some indoor pools will be open, people are asked to arrive wearing their swimming costumes under their clothes in order to avoid using a cubicle, but will be permitted use of them afterwards.In general, clubs will be operating at a 50 per cent capacity, and group activities are not permitted until 17 May, so personal trainers and instructors will have to keep their distance.“The industry as a whole reacted to the pandemic very robustly,” says Liz Terry, the editor of Health Club Management magazine.“We worked with scientists to make sure that there were Covid-secure operating practices in all gyms – social distancing, mask-wearing, good ventilation, sanitising stations.
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. Those who did not sign up for online classes took to outdoor pursuits. While some indoor pools will be open, people are asked to arrive wearing their costumes under their clothes in order to avoid using a cubicle (Photo: Reuters/Toby Melville)Research by the industry association ukactive suggests that certain groups of the population were content with this new reality, and at least initially were reluctant to return to gyms, just in case.“We saw that with the over-60s,” admits Mr Barnes, “but now that more than 30 million people have had the first vaccination, that mood seems to be changing. Throughout the pandemic, it has become clear that Britain needs to get healthier and also that the single best thing you can do to defend yourself against Covid-19 is to stay healthy.”Consequently, health clubs are preparing for brisk weeks ahead. A survey for Leisure-net questioned 33,000 gym members, 90 per cent of whom said that would return when the doors reopen this time.A further 35 per cent are more comfortable about returning to their clubs than to other public spaces; correspondingly, many members elected to freeze their accounts during the pandemic rather than cancel them.When open-air activities were permitted to resume from the end of last month – swimming, tennis and group exercise classes – clubs had queues around the block.“I think we have enough indicators now to give us a reason for optimism,” says Mr Barnes. “And we could all do with a bit of optimism, couldn’t we?”
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