Boris Johnson's speech: When is the PM's next announcement on gyms reopening?

BRITS are desperate to hit the gym and get back in shape as the coronavirus lockdown is eased.

Following the reopening of the hospitality industry on July 4, the nation is eagerly awaiting an announcement from the Boris Johnson on fitness centres – but when should we expect the PM's speech?

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When is Boris Johnson's next announcement on gyms reopening?

The Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement on Thursday, July 9 regarding the reopening of gyms.

On July 3, the PM told LBC that gyms would be allowed to reopen in a "couple of weeks."

Health officials are said to be happy to have indoor gyms reopen provided they take strict measures, Whitehall sources have said.

What is he expected to say?

During the speech, Boris could give the green light for gyms to open in "days".

It is reported that the government will also lay out a plan during the speech for other sectors that are yet to reopen, including nail bars, swimming pools and casinos.

Fitness companies were left frustrated after the government's most recent relaxation of restrictions let restaurants and pubs reopen but left gyms out.

PureGym, one of the UK's largest fitness chains, said: "We understand that these decisions are not easy, but it is a strange ‘war on obesity’ that sees pubs and restaurants open before gyms."

And tradebody ukactive has warned that half of leisure centres could close without an urgent injection of government cash, the BBC reports.

What new measures will be in place in gyms?

When gyms do reopen, it is expected to be with a set of strict guidelines to help prevent the transmission of the virus.

This includes limiting the number of people allowed to work out and equipment being thoroughly disinfected after each use.

Changing rooms could also be closed and gym-goers will be told to arrive and leave in the same clothes.

The Gym Group has offered a glimpse into how the gym floor will look once it opens.

Customers will be asked to spend no more than 45 minutes working out and will have screens around treadmills with some equipment being turned off completely.

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