Coronavirus: Lockdowns and closures put strain on leisure – Olympic stadium designer dies
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Stantonbury International Sports Centre
Competitive
Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes
SnowDome
Competitive
Tamworth, UK
NRG Gym Ltd
Negotiable
Gravesend, UK
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds, UK
star job
Future Fit Training
Competitive
Various locations, including London & Manchester

Coronavirus: Lockdowns and closures put strain on leisure – Olympic stadium designer dies

Job opportunities
Y Club
£30,000
location: Manchester, UK
SnowDome
Competitive
location: Tamworth, UK
Kirklees Active Leisure
£50,692
location: Huddersfield, UK
more jobs

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is having a severe effect on leisure businesses around the world, as a number of countries have issued lockdowns, closed their borders and banned large gatherings.

In Italy – the hardest-hit European country with 24,747 infections and 1,809 deaths (as of 15 March) – the government has issued a nationwide lockdown, which has put a complete stop to all tourism, travel and sport.

All leisure businesses have, in essence, been put on hold, with everything from visitor attractions and restaurants to health clubs, spas and ski resorts being forced to close.

Speaking to HCM, Andrea Pambianchi, founder and CEO of Fitness Network Italia (FNI), said the country's fitness sector will be badly hit by the closures – estimating they could cost the industry as much as €45m per week.

The situation is similar in Spain, where the government has declared a 15-day national lockdown. All sporting events have been cancelled and health clubs have closed for business, as have visitor attractions and tourism businesses.

In France, the government has ordered the closure of all 'non-essential' commerce, including health clubs, restaurants and attractions – including the iconic Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris.

Neighbouring Germany has sealed its borders, banning entrants from France, Switzerland and Austria from Monday.

In total, more than 100 million people across Europe are on lockdown – which is predicted to have an "unprecedented effect" on business.

While Europe has been described as "the epicentre of the pandemic" by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the situation is serious in other parts of the world too.

In China – the source and origin of the outbreak – the economy has suffered a "record blow", with industrial output falling to its lowest level on record for the two months of 2020.

In Australia, all international arrivals will be ordered to self-isolate for two weeks – a move which will have a significant impact on tourism.

In the US, president Donald Trump has declared a state of national emergency and limited inbound travel, which has led to widespread closures – including the shutting down of all Disney and Universal theme parks.

On 16 March, it was also announced that COVID-19 had claimed the life of Vittorio Gregotti, the renowned Italian architect who helped design stadium for Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and created the Marassi stadium for 1990 Football World Cup.

Gregotti's other works included the futuristic Arcimboldi opera theatre in Milan, built to allow La Scala keep operating during its two-year renovation project from 2002 to 2004. Gregotti died of pneumonia on 15 March, aged 92.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is having a severe effect on leisure businesses around the world, as a number of countries have issued lockdowns, closed their borders and banned large gatherings.
TOU,TVL
2020/THUMB344969_381980_103577.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,313
11 Jun 2021
The government needs to urgently set out its plans to support physical activity and fitness businesses, if it intends to delay Step 4 of its ... More
11 Jun 2021
Glofox will begin offering health clubs, gyms and fitness studios instant access to financing, following a deal struck with Stripe Capital. The club management software ... More
10 Jun 2021
Hong Kong-based Bricks Group has revealed plans to launch its health club chain, U Time, in Europe and the UK. U Time currently operates a ... More
10 Jun 2021
A £30m luxury leisure development scheme which has been more than a decade in the making has finally been given the green light by Newcastle ... More
09 Jun 2021
Apple has previewed its much-awaited watchOS 8, the operating system for its Apple Watch. The latest update to the system will add a number of ... More
09 Jun 2021
Chinese health club chain Supermonkey has finalised a series E funding round, valuing the company at nearly US$1bn. The latest round was led by a ... More
JP Lennard
JP Lennard
08 Jun 2021
Gymbox has signed a partnership agreement to provide members of flexible workspace provider WeWork with both in-person and on-demand fitness classes. WeWork members will gain ... More
08 Jun 2021
A swimming pool suspended 35m (115ft) above the ground and forming a bridge between two buildings has opened as part of a residential project in ... More
04 Jun 2021
The number of health club members returning to gyms since lockdown has beaten all expectations, according to Rebecca Passmore, UK managing director of PureGym. Talking ... More
04 Jun 2021
New images have been released of what will become the first new public park in Manchester, UK, in more than 100 years. Called Mayfield Park, ... More
03 Jun 2021
The Jumeirah Group has reopened the 186-room The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge following an 18-month closure for refurbishment. The 17-story ... More
02 Jun 2021
David Lloyd Clubs has enrolled former Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson to help raise the profile of its new Team PB programme. The six-week ... More
Spa Life UK
Spa Life UK
01 Jun 2021
TRIB3 has secured a franchise deal which will see it open 20 studios across Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The boutique operator has signed the ... More
01 Jun 2021
ukactive has published new data from the National ReferAll Database (NRD) – the UK’s first open-access database for exercise referral schemes. The data shows that, ... More
28 May 2021
The US fitness industry is mobilising to support the Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMs) Act, which could provide up to US$30bn in grants to health ... More
1 - 15 of 43,313
CzechTourism
CzechTourism