Are gyms closing again under the new national lockdown? – The Sun

GYM fanatics will need to put down their weights and hop off the treadmills next week as gyms across the UK will close in a bid to curb a second wave of the virus. 

The closures are part of a raft of new lockdown measures revealed in a live TV address this evening.

Are gyms closing again in the UK?

Gyms were among the last businesses to reopen after the first lockdown, and were only given the green light to do so from July 25.

But now they are set to close again, just three months after allowing gym-goers back in.

Leisure centres, such as bowling alleys and soft play centres, are also set to close.

Boris Johnson said the new measures will begin Thursday November 5 and last until December 2.

So this means gyms will be out of action for at least four weeks.

For those still wanting to work out, exercise and recreation will be permitted if it is outdoors, either on your own or with one person from another household or bubble.

So long as these rules are followed, people will be allowed to exercise as much as they like.

Will I be able to renew my gym membership if I cancelled?

All gyms are likely to be glad of the business when they eventually reopen.

However, there could be a cap on new members joining due to social distancing.

Many gym companies froze all membership payments for the duration of the first lockdown, including The Gym Group, Pure Gym, DW Fitness First, Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and David Lloyd.

Gym fees already paid were refunded by most gyms or added to accounts as a credit.

Why are they closing?

Gyms are deemed to be 'high risk' environments where coronavirus is more likely to spread from person to person.

The closures are part of a raft of drastic new measures in a fresh lockdown to "protect the NHS and save lives".

Nearly all businesses, shops, and recreational centres in the UK will shut again as Brits will only be able to leave home for school, work, medical reasons, exercise, shopping or providing care to the vulnerable.

New data has showed the extent of coronavirus cases across England and experts have warned that the number of deaths could pass the first peak as early as the start of December if something drastic is not done.

The Office for National Statistics estimated Friday that 1 in 100 people in England, well over half a million, had the virus in the week to Oct. 23.

On Saturday, October 31, Britain passed a grim milestone of 1,000,000 coronavirus cases.

The UK now has Europes highest coronavirus death toll at more than 46,000.

The lockdown is set to last until December 2 in an attempt to save the nation's Christmas.

The announcement comes after ministers were briefed by scientific advisers this afternoon in an emergency crunch meeting, following leaked reports of the second lockdown looming.

It was reported that Britain faces a "massive spike" in Covid deaths on Christmas Eve if no action is taken, scientists warned.

Brits reacted by hitting the shops and panic buying loo roll and milk, while also making plans to flee out of cities to the countryside.

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