Gyms are opening their doors on December 2 – no matter your tier. But before you tie up your trainers, here’s what you need to know
The UK will return to a three -tier system after the second lockdown ends on December 2. Whilst the new system has stricter rules than those before the second lockdown, gyms and leisure centres, along with outdoor sports, will reopen across England in all three tiers.
On Thursday, the government announced which areas are in which tiers under the new ‘Covid winter plan’, with Manchester, Birmingham, Kent, Yorkshire, the North East and parts of Essex falling into the highest tier with the toughest restrictions. You can check which tier your area as these may differ.
Until then, the only people allowed into gyms and leisure centres are elite sportspeople and children exercising as part of their normal curriculum.
These restrictions, which include swimming pools, golf courses and dance studios, came into force on November 5 – the same day the UK surpassed 1 million lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus.
What will gyms look like when they reopen?
Under a revised tier system that will replace the current lockdown on December 2, gyms will be allowed to open in all tiers, while recreational sport, including golf, tennis and organised team sports can resume.
In Tier 1- medium level: Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed.
In Tier 2- high level : Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. They will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.
In Tier 3- very high level : Under the old tier system gyms were closed but they will remain open now.
People will also be allowed to take part in outdoor sports such as golf and tennis, as well as amateur team sports such as Sunday-league football.