UK: Indoor gyms reopen after months-long lockdown

Indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities in the United Kingdom were allowed to reopen on Saturday for the first time since the start of the lockdown in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff at the PureGym Queen's Park, North-West London, discussed measures being implemented in light of the pandemic, including implementing an increased distance between fitness equipment and installing sanitisation stations which provide hand gel and cleaning materials, as members used their facilities for the first time in months. «We didn't know what to expect when returning back to the gyms,» said gym manager, Michael. «When we got back in quite early to make sure the club was operational, there was a queue that looked quite long.» Members were asked to abide by many measures including social distancing, washing their hands and cleaning down equipment before and after use, Michael explained. Signs were also put on workstations to inform the members of which spaces to use. The UK government has allowed outdoor pools to reopen from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July. The government has outlined the measures that will allow these venues to reopen and run safely, including advice on cleaning, social distancing, and protection for staff.

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