Gyms are likely to stay shut until at least autumn

Gyms are likely to stay shut until autumn at the earliest after scientists have said they are one of the worst places for spreading coronavirus.

Government officials are thought to have put gyms in the same group as bars and restaurants, which will be among the last places to reopen as lockdown measures are eased.

A source who has been in government talks over lockdown exit plans told The Sun: ‘Gyms won’t be open any time soon. It won’t be sooner than autumn.’

It has been predicted that gyms may not even reopen this year, but the source added: ‘Six months is a reasonable timeframe.’

The wet environment of the gym creates ‘a hotbed of infection’, say scientists.

Some gyms however have asked the government to allow them to open for personal trainers, who could keep two metres away from clients and clean equipment after each use.

It comes as Boris Johnson is due to announce his plan for exiting lockdown on Sunday, after nearly seven weeks of the public being told to stay at home.

Brits may be allowed to do ‘unlimited exercise’ and have picnics as a reward for the nation staying inside since March 23. Some businesses may be allowed to reopen.

Health officials have reportedly already ordered their teams to remove the tagline ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ from websites and social media, starting from Saturday night.

Bosses who took their own decision to close due to the pandemic will reportedly be urged to let workers start returning to their jobs.

This will mostly include construction workers, but some retail outlets may begin to lift their shutters.


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