CIMSPA RESPONDS TO THE PRIME MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT

The Prime Minister has confirmed that gyms, indoor leisure facilities
and outdoor sport in England will be allowed to reopen when the national
lockdown ends on 2 December.

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, said:

“We clearly welcome this decision, which is a reflection of the
Government recognising the essential role our sector plays in the
nation’s health, society and economy. This is a result of the
consistent and persuasive campaigning by many organisations across the
sector, the workforce and the general public.

“It’s also a result of the excellent work showing that gyms and
leisure facilities are Covid-secure environments, staffed by a highly
qualified, professional workforce.

“Sport and physical activity is part of the solution to Covid, not
part of the problem. We believe that these facilities should never have
been forced to close in the first place and we urge the Government to
ensure that they are now permitted to stay open during any further
lockdowns.

“Our sector is an essential service, supporting the nation’s
physical and mental health, bringing communities together and saving the
NHS £9.5bn every year. Throughout the pandemic, exercise has been
promoted as an essential daily activity and, especially during the
winter months, access to gyms and leisure facilities is vital in helping
many millions of people to maintain their physical and mental health.

“We are also acutely aware of the financial impact of Covid-19 on
individual workers in our sector, especially the many thousands of
self-employed and freelance professionals who have not qualified for any
government support. CIMSPA is actively working with partners across the
UK to find ways of providing this group with some financial support.”

CIMSPA will work with the Government on the details for the sector’s
reopening – including the implications for outdoor training and group
exercise – and will provide updates through our website and social media
channels.