Lockdown … RELEASED! Gyms announce safety precautions for the April 12 reopening

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Gyms will reopen across England from Monday and some of the country’s largest fitness studios have unveiled their preparations, including one-hour time limits, social distance zones, and thousands of gallons of fresh air pumped every second.

From April 12, all non-essential stores will be reopened, along with hairdressers, beauty salons and, more importantly for some, gyms.

Relaxing restrictions will allow people in England to shed unwanted pounds after being locked up for three months.

And some of the country’s biggest gym brands have now revealed the steps they will be taking on April 12.

The measures include fresh air pumped into the gym, special zones marked for social distance, a booking system to manage capacity, and regular deep cleaning.

From April 12, all non-essential stores will be reopened, as well as hairdressers, beauty salons and, more importantly for some, gyms

Relaxing restrictions will allow people in England to shed unwanted pounds after being locked up for three months.  Pictured: A cleaning station in a London gym

Relaxing restrictions will allow people in England to shed unwanted pounds after being locked up for three months.  Pictured: A cleaning station in a London gym

Relaxing restrictions will allow people in England to shed unwanted pounds after being locked up for three months. Pictured: A cleaning station in a London gym

PureGym, a 24-hour studio with over a million members and the UK's largest operator, will reopen Monday, but will ask members to train for just an hour

PureGym, a 24-hour studio with over a million members and the UK's largest operator, will reopen Monday, but will ask members to train for just an hour

PureGym, a 24-hour studio with over a million members and the UK’s largest operator, will reopen Monday, but will ask members to train for just an hour

PureGym, a 24-hour studio with over a million members and the UK’s largest operator, has unveiled a series of security measures before April 12.

Contactless access with the gym’s personal app is possible, as is hand sanitizer, dedicated training areas and extensive staff cleaning.

About 2,000 liters of fresh air are also pumped into gyms every second – although the gym has indicated that sessions will be limited to an hour.

Face cover is also required throughout the gym unless using equipment.

The Gym group, which has about 160 gyms with 668,000 members, has emailed users confirming that it will be open from 6am Monday.

The 24-hour gym has also revealed a series of safety precautions that users must follow.

After using a machine, users should wipe it down with supplied paper towels.

The equipment is spaced, hand sanitizer is provided and users are encouraged to use a live app that keeps track of how busy individual gyms are.

The gym added on its website, ‘Currently, members do not allow exercising with each other, even if you come from the same household or family.

‘This is to ensure that there is still sufficient access around the gym and to prevent members from getting too close to each other.

For health and safety when using equipment, spotting is allowed, but the spotter must wear a face mask. If you don’t have a face mask, you shouldn’t scoff. ‘

Virgin Active will also reopen on April 12, although it has yet to confirm opening hours.

Virgin Active has revealed that its gyms will reopen on April 12 when restrictions are relaxed

Virgin Active has revealed that its gyms will reopen on April 12 when restrictions are relaxed

Virgin Active has revealed that its gyms will reopen on April 12 when restrictions are relaxed

The Gym group, which has about 160 gyms with 668,000 members, has emailed users confirming that it will be open from 6am Monday.

The Gym group, which has about 160 gyms with 668,000 members, has emailed users confirming that it will be open from 6am Monday.

The Gym group, which has about 160 gyms with 668,000 members, has emailed users confirming that it will be open from 6am Monday.

David Lloyd Leisure clubs have also announced a reopening on April 12 with a series of measures

David Lloyd Leisure clubs have also announced a reopening on April 12 with a series of measures

David Lloyd Leisure clubs have also announced a reopening on April 12 with a series of measures

Virgin gyms have put safety markings at the front desk, on the gym floor, and in the studios to keep their distance.

Hand sanitizing stations have been set up in the gyms, with Virgin confirming that changing areas should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly cleaned at night.

The capacity of the gym is monitored and fresh air is pumped through the gym at the maximum setting.

David Lloyd Leisure clubs have also announced a reopening on April 12.

Measures introduced at studios include reduced capacity and more space between equipment up to two meters, as well as adding a one-way system.

An additional gym room with individual 3m x 3m training areas has been introduced, as well as decontamination stations.

The group added, “We have increased the number of cleaning staff we employ, allowing us to increase cleaning volume throughout the club, with particular focus on high-traffic areas.”

The prime minister confirmed last night that his four tests had been met to move into the next phase of his roadmap to ease the lockdown – the continued success of the vaccine rollout, the impact it has on hospitalizations and deaths, the NHS is not overwhelmed, and no new worrisome variants.

He told the press conference, “Monday I’ll go to the pub myself – and gently but irreversibly bring a pint of beer to my lips.” But Mr. Johnson added, “We cannot be complacent. We can see the waves of disease hitting other countries and we have seen how this story unfolds.

‘We still don’t know how strong the vaccine screen will be when cases start to increase, and I’m afraid they will, which is why we’re saying get your vaccine or your second dose when it’s your turn . ‘

What will change on April 12?

  • All non-essential stores are reopened, as well as hairdressers, beauty salons and gyms.
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes may reopen for field service, but will have to wait until at least May 17 to serve customers indoors.
  • Mass tests should be available, urging everyone to take two tests per week.
  • New rules for retirement homes allow residents to have two visitors instead of just one.
  • Self-contained accommodations, including campgrounds, may reopen, but hotels and B & Bs must remain closed until at least May 17.
  • Shops are allowed to stay open until 10 p.m. six days a week to reduce crowds.
  • The maximum number of people allowed to attend weddings and wakes has increased from six to fifteen.
  • Public buildings can reopen as well as outdoor attractions such as theme parks and zoos.
  • Controversial hospitality rules such as the 10 pm curfew and the requirement to buy a ‘hearty meal’ with alcohol are being dropped.
  • Clothing stores are allowed to reopen their changing rooms for the first time in over a year.