Gyms to reopen in England from 25 July

published on July 12, 2020

For months now our lives have been onhold when the call came in March wepressed pause on many of the things thatbrighten our lives meals with friendstrips to the cinema or theater we had toclose out gyms and swimming poolscanceled our holidays and postponed some

Of our favorite events but as we've madehuge progress against this disease we'vegradually seen the things we lovereturned and today I'm very pleased toannounce that we can go a little bitfurther as of this weekend our artists

Musicians and dancers can startperforming live outside to outdooraudiences we'll also have the resumptionof recreational sport followed later bythe reopening of our gyms swimming poolsand leisure centers normal life is

Slowly returning this is an importantmilestone for our performing artists whohave been waiting patiently in the wingssince March of course we won't seecrowds flooding into their venues butfrom the 11th of July our theatres

Operas dance and music shows can startputting on outdoor performances tosocially distant audiences that meanstheatre goers can experience a live playfor the first time and in months andplaces like the stunning minyak theater

In Cornwall and music lovers can attendblind born this summer we are takingvarious measures to make these placessafe as they reopen venue capacity willbe reduced and organizations encouragedto move to electronic ticketing to help

Test and trace but our performingartists deserve an audience and now theywill be getting one and while thoseoutdoor performances get under way we'llbe working with public health experts tocarefully pilot a number of indoor

Performances from the London SymphonyOrchestra Edison Luke's to Buckland's towork out how we can confidently ushersocially distance audiences indoors assoon as possible at the same time we'refunding scientific studies to help us

Understand and mitigate some specificpublic health risks like the impact ofsinging wind and brass instruments ontransmitterthe more we know about the coronavirusin every setting the safer we will be

We're also taking steps through theplanning system to protect theaters andvenues from demolition or change of useand of course all of this comes on topof the unprecedented 15 7 billion poundpackage of emergency support to help

Arts heritage and cultural institutionswhether the kovetz storm but of coursewe want to see all of our venues open assoon as it's safe to do so and today'sannouncement brings us a further stepcloser towards that reality now having

Allowed hairdressers to reopenbeauticians tattooist sparse tanningsalons and other close contact servicescan now do the same I'm pleased to sayfrom Monday of course that will besubject to some restrictions on

Particularly high risk services as I'veseen for myself at the Royal Academythis morning the National Gallery and aswe'll see shortly from the NationalMuseums Liverpool our culturalinstitutions are beginning also to

Welcome back visitors and as theseplaces begin to reopen their doors I'mreally urging people to get out thereand to play their part buy the ticketsfor outdoor plays and music recitals getto your local gallery and support your

Local businesses and we've seen inrecent weeks how our landlords waitersand shop assistants have welcomedcustomers back with open arms whilstdoing so much to keep their communitysafe it's time to give other businesses

Those same opportunities and theChancellor this week set out a bumperpackage of tourism and hospitality taxbreaks to get these industries firing onall cylinders once more and protect themillions of people who work for them

That means a VAT cut on everything fromtickets to shows theaters amusementparks museums and zoos lower costs forhotels Inns caravans and campsites andvouchers for food and non-alcoholicdrinks and I'm urging British people to

Make the most of this summer safely weneed them to support the places that weall loveand today there is good news for ournation's fitness as we all know exerciseis incredibly important for both

Physical and mental health even at theheight of the lockdown it was consideredan essential activity with countlesspeople hitting their pots for theirdaily run or transforming their livingrooms into temporary gyms and from this

Weekend onwards millions of people willbe able to rejoin their local sportsteams as soon as their organizationspublish approved guidance recreationalcricket is back on this weekendfive-a-side football basketball hockey

And countless other sports will followshortly after and from this Saturdaythey'll also be able to enjoy outdoorpools and water parks and from Saturdaythe 25th people will no longer have towork out in their park or on their

Living room floor they'll be able to getback into their gyms their indoorswimming pools their leisure centers andjump on that spin bike or treadmill forthe first time in months now we've madea number of positive visits to gyms in

Recent weeks and of course we'd hope todo this sooner but we really do have toface this properly we will be givinggyms the certainty clarity and time theyneed to reopen safely so that themaximum number can open their doors in

Just a two weeks time and again we'veworked intensively with bothprofessional bodies and the experts toget us to this point and facilitieswe'll have to take a number of measuresto protect their communities that

Includes for example using time bookingsystems to limit the number of peopleusing the facility at any one timereduce class sizes equipment will bespaced out and there will be enhancedcleaning throughout as always the public

Will need to do their bit and follow theguidance sensibly and safely all ofthese measures we are taking areconditional and they are reversible andwe will not hesitate to impose lockdowns where there are local spikes as we

Saw unless the where things remainclosed and of course in any other placewhen that is necessary but the return ofgyms and recreational sport is a vitalpartbattle against coronavirus we need to

Get the nation match fit to defeat thisdisease and our fight began with acollective effort and I really hope itwill end with one at the beginning weall stayed at home to protect the NHSand save lives

Now the British public has a new part toplay it's time to eat out to help out toenjoy the arts to help out and to workout to help out it's over to all of youto help the country recover safely

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