When are gym classes allowed in England?

10 May 2021, 11:13

When can gym classes start in England?
When can gym classes start in England? Picture: Getty
Polly Foreman

By Polly Foreman

When can spinning and other gym classes start in England? Find out when they will be able to resume under lockdown rules.

Gyms in England were permitted to reopen on April 12 in line with the second stage of the coronavirus lockdown roadmap.

Indoor exercise classes, however, are not currently allowed - and they are due to resume at a later date.

Here's your need-to-know about when they could go ahead again.

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Gyms were allowed to reopen their doors on April 12
Gyms were allowed to reopen their doors on April 12. Picture: Getty

When are gym classes allowed in England?

Boris Johnson is expected to confirm today (May 10) that gym classes will be able to go ahead from May 17 as planned.

This means that indoor gym classes - including things like spin and Zumba - will be able to resume.

Under current lockdown restrictions, gym classes with groups of up to 30 people are allowed to take place outside.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi previously explained that outdoor sports could return before indoor gyms because coronavirus transmission rates are much lower outside.

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Speaking to Heart's sister station LBC, he said: "The simple way to look at this is that outdoor is safer and therefore we prioritise versus indoor.

"Outdoor sports – tennis, golf, outdoor organised team sports, grassroots football – will go back on March 29."

What are the rules for gyms opening on April 12?

All gyms opening on April 12 will need to make sure they have taken Covid-safe precautions and allowed for social distancing.

People visiting the gym will only be able to work out alone or with members of their household.

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