Prevent gyms closing due to a spike in Covid 19 cases

In the event of a spike we would like you not to close gyms as a measure to stop any spread of Covid. Also for gyms to not be put in the same group as pubs in terms of risk or importance. Gyms are following strict guidelines and most members are following rules in a sober manner.

This petition closed on 12 Feb 2021 with 621,442 signatures


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Recent Speeches related to Prevent gyms closing due to a spike in Covid 19 cases

1. Covid-19 Update
12/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: of cases has quadrupled in the last three weeks. There are now more people in hospital with covid than - Speech Link

2. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020
20/10/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: that introduced the 10 pm curfew in these areas—a measure that has attracted considerable interest in the - Speech Link

3. Covid-19: Restrictions on Gyms and Sport
23/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: they should be aware that in so doing, they may prevent Members in seats in the Public Gallery from moving - Speech Link
2: e-petitions 333869 and 309851, relating to Covid-19 restrictions on gyms and sport.It is an honour to - Speech Link

4. Covid-19 Update
14/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: including an increase in the number of positive cases, especially, but not only, among younger people - Speech Link
2: police, and we are simplifying and strengthening the rules, making them easier to understand and easier to - Speech Link
3: gather. Places of education and work are unaffected. Covid-secure weddings, wedding receptions and funerals - Speech Link

5. Covid-19 Update
23/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: our society, while waging our struggle against covid-19. From the outset, we have trusted in the common - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Prevent gyms closing due to a spike in Covid 19 cases
1. Covid-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group
asked by: Lord Watson of Invergowrie
04/11/2020
... whether they will list the members of the Department for Education's COVID-19 Recovery Advisory Group.

2. Covid-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group
asked by: Lord Watson of Invergowrie
20/10/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group have taken place in 2020.

3. Covid-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group
asked by: Lord Watson of Invergowrie
20/10/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group.

4. Covid-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group: Disclosure of Information
asked by: Lord Watson of Invergowrie
13/07/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group have been asked to sign personal confidentiality agreements by the Department for Education.

5. Covid-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group: Disclosure of Information
asked by: Lord Watson of Invergowrie
20/10/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group have signed personal confidentiality agreements.

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The gyms are a huge benefit for users, not just physically but mentally too. There are studies that show physical exercise can be a great boost to the immune system and releases endorphins which can prevent stress and a chain of mental illnesses. In such a stressful time people need a viable way to exercise. Using home equipment just isn’t sufficient, unless every person in the UK has hundreds of pounds to pay out on equipment (much of which has increased in price since the pandemic).


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Government Response

Sports and physical activity facilities are crucial for adults and children to stay active. The Government’s phased approach is based on scientific and medical advice to protect public health.


Sports and physical activity are incredibly important for our physical and mental health, and are a vital weapon against coronavirus. That’s why we made sure that people could exercise at least once a day even during the height of lockdown - and why we opened up grassroots sport and leisure facilities as soon as it was safe to do so. Outdoor swimming pools have been able to open from 11 July, and from 25 July indoor gyms, leisure centres (including sports halls) and swimming pools in England were able to reopen. However, we have always made clear that we will adopt a phased approach to reopening based on scientific and medical advice, with the primary goal of protecting public health.

Sports and physical activity providers and facilities are at the heart of our communities, and play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active. On 22 October, the Government announced a £100m support fund for local authority leisure centres. In addition, Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund is providing £210 million directly to support community sport clubs and exercise centres through this pandemic. We are continuing to work at pace across government to ensure the sector has the support it needs to continue delivering their central role in helping people be active.

On 11 October, the Prime Minister announced further measures on social contact to manage local outbreaks. Organised outdoor sport, licensed outdoor physical activity and outdoor exercise classes are still exempt from the rule of 6, and can happen in any number. Indoor sport and exercise classes can also continue, in line with the social contact rules in your local area. These new restrictions are necessary as we continue to fight the virus, and we continue to work across the government to make sure the sector has the support it needs throughout this pandemic.

As part of these measures a three tier COVID system for England was announced which set out different rules for regions classified as being on ‘medium’, ‘high’, or ‘very high’ alert. The closure of gyms and leisure centres is not part of the baseline measures that will automatically apply for Very High Level restrictions. However, it remains one of the options open to local authorities to go beyond the baseline restrictions in place for areas under the Very High alert level. I welcome the news that gyms and leisure centres that were previously closed in Liverpool due to its very high alert level are now allowed to re-open from Friday 23 October.

For areas in this level we will work with local leaders to agree a fuller package of measures going beyond the baseline measures, specific to that area’s situation. These schemes will be co-designed between the local authority and central government.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


MPs spoken contributions during 23 Nov 2020 petition debate