Gyms reopen but group classes still banned as saunas and steam rooms stay closedApril 12, 2021
FITNESS fanatics flocked to gyms this morning for the first time in four months as lockdown restrictions eased.
Brits donned their lycra from 6am to get a workout in but will have to wait to take part in a group class or enjoy a steam.
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Some were pictured lifting weights on socially-distanced gym floors, while others enjoyed rowing machines and treadmills.
At Ultimate Fitness Gym in Wallsend, North Tyneside, gym-goers were seen pumping iron in a socially-distanced strength and conditioning class.
Gyms re-opened across England today on the next step of Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown.
But under the new rules, people from different households must not deliberately mix until later this summer – meaning many will have to work out alone.
Group classes are also banned in a bid to reduce contact between gym-goers.
Further easing of the rules will come on May 17 when sauna and steam rooms will re-open under Boris' plan.
Outdoor facilities – including swimming pools and tennis courts – were opened on March 29.
It comes as pubs, shops and hairdressers have also opened their doors to the relief of shaggy-haired Brits.
Some Primark stores opened at 7am, with eager shoppers pictured queueing up outside.
Boozers queued from midnight to get their hands on a cold pint for the first time since January 5.
Pent-up demand will see £1.5billion — that’s £2.7million a minute — spent in venues and reopening attractions between 9am and 6pm.
Work leave requests for today are up almost 20 per cent.
In the next week, 24 million people — half of England’s adult population — will go drinking or shopping.
The unlocking comes 114 days since Boris announced Tier 4 restrictions that shut pubs and shops in the south, and 97 days since the nationwide curfew on January 5.
And 20,000 pubs and 10,000 restaurants will serve outdoors to rule-of-six punters. Thousands more will offer takeaway drinks.
The PM urged the nation to "behave responsibly" as pubs reopened after months of lockdown.
"I'm sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it's a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed," he said.
"I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember 'hands, face, space and fresh air' to suppress Covid as we push on with our vaccination programme."
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