Gyms in England to Open in Two Weeks, Prime Minister Says

Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated that gyms could open in England in a fortnight.

Speaking on British radio station LBC on Friday morning, the Prime Minister said: 'We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a COVID-secure way and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment, if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks' time."

This announcement comes a day before "Super Saturday," when pubs, restaurants and cinemas are set to open in England for the first time since lockdown began on March 23.

"Tomorrow we come to step three of the plan that I set out on May 10, that everybody, I think, has understood, or huge numbers of people have understood and followed very carefully and very closely," Johnson told LBC.

"And it's because people stuck to that plan that we're now able to carefully and cautiously open up hospitality tomorrow. And my message is really for people to enjoy summer sensibly and make sure that it all works."

Johnson was very keen to stress that people should avoid getting too drunk or putting any strain on emergency services.

Gyms, theatres, live music venues and nail bars remain unable to open.

Woman working out in Brazil gym
Gyms in Brazil have already opened after social distancing measures were eased Getty

Asked why this was the case, Johnson said: "People, I think, listening to this debate do know the answer to that, and that is to stop the spread of the disease."

Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, further reinforced the idea that mid-July was the date facilities could reopen.

He tweeted: 'Many people keen to hit the gym & keeping Britain fit is key in COVID battle. We've made lots of progress & I know steps businesses have taken to make their spaces & equipment safe. Subject to public health, our aspiration is to reopen gyms & leisure facilities in mid-July."

In the U.S., the governor of Arizona ordered bars and gyms to close for 30 days from June 29.

Similar measures are either in place on being considered in Texas, Florida, California and other states with increasing COVID-19 cases.

In the U.K. representatives of the gym and hospitality industries are keen to promote how safe their environments are.

Jeremy Downey, of the U.K.'s Hospitality Union, has told Newsweek that half of the pubs in the U.K. would never reopen without significant changes.

For gyms, Huw Edwards, the chief executive of U.K. Active, representing thousands of gyms and leisure centers, has said that the "sector's safety standards are among the highest in Europe, where other nations have already reopened their gyms and leisure facilities safely."