Parliament to debate gyms and COVID-19 on 23 November
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Everyone Active
Unlimited earning potential
Camberwell Leisure Centre, London, UK
Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
£45,000 per annum
Ilkley, UK
star job
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds, UK
NRG Gym Limited
Lewisham, London, UK
star job
Rugby, UK

Parliament to debate gyms and COVID-19 on 23 November

Job opportunities
training opportunity
Les Mills
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
more jobs

The Parliament will hold a debate on COVID-19 restrictions on gyms and sport on Monday 23 November.

Taking place at 4:30pm GMT, the debate can be viewed online live on the day, through Parliament TV (click here).

The move is the result of a successful parliamentary petition which now has 604,000 signatures and counting.

There are currently 12 Parliamentary petitions running, all set up by members of the public, calling for gyms to remain open, with this being the one with the most votes.

Industry body, ukactive wants the government to class gyms and leisure centres as "essential services" – which would mean they could keep their doors open during lockdowns.

ukactive chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson wrote to every MP on 2 November, asking for their support to get gyms and leisure centres classed as essential.

In her letter to MPs, Grey-Thompson said: "We believe that encouraging and supporting people to be physically active is of critical importance to your constituents and across the nation, and, therefore, we must keep access open to places where people are able to do that safely, particularly gyms, pools and leisure facilities.

"Our sector is essential to the battle with COVID-19, directly supporting the nation’s health, wellbeing and resilience. In your constituency, health services including gyms and leisure centres should be accessible, even during a lockdown.

"Loss of access to these facilities will damage activity levels significantly, as proven by the recent Sport England analysis that showed a significant drop in activity levels in the first lockdown.

"We should also highlight the SAGE analysis that documented the loss in access to facilities will have a detrimental impact on mental wellbeing and potentially increase health inequalities with some BAME and vulnerable groups," she concluded.


HCM understands that Tanni-Grey Thompson, chair of ukactive has today (18 November) written again to MPs asking for their support.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
A Parliamentary committee will hold a debate on COVID-19 restrictions on gyms and sport on Monday 23 November.

More News

1 - 15 of 43,031
01 Dec 2020
The UK government has published its impact report for the three-tier COVID-19 alert system, which will be introduced in England tomorrow (2 December), when the ... More
30 Nov 2020
Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, has said exercise and physical activity should play a key role in the UK's recovery from ... More
28 Nov 2020
International architecture practice 10 Design has revealed its design concepts for an ambitious redevelopment of Edinburgh’s city centre. The project will transform the former Royal ... More
26 Nov 2020
Playfinder has launched Bookteq, a booking system aimed at increasing revenue for operators of independent physical activity venues. CEO, Jamie Foale, said, “Some of the ... More
26 Nov 2020
Nick Whitcombe, the independent gym owner who refused to shut his gym during the October tier 3 restrictions, is becoming a fitness industry campaigner of ... More
26 Nov 2020
Montage has selected Carrie Sotebeer to lead the spa team at Montage Healdsburg resort in Sonoma County, California, opening 12 December 2020. The launch of ... More
26 Nov 2020
This year's UK government Spending Review, announced in Parliament by chancellor Rishi Sunak on 25 November, offers the physical activity sector opportunities to "transform communities", ... More
25 Nov 2020
Up to 100k people will benefit from the free gym and physical activity sessions, thanks to a partnership between ukactive, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), ... More
24 Nov 2020
To the relief of the sector, the UK government confirmed yesterday (23 November) that gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be allowed to open ... More
23 Nov 2020
Closing gyms and leisure facilities during any possible future lockdown would be "unthinkable", according to Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North. McKinnell – ... More
23 Nov 2020
Gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be able to open their doors when the current lockdown measures in England come to an end on ... More
23 Nov 2020
The University of Stirling has opened its new £20m sports and fitness centre. The building, designed by architects FaulknerBrowns, will feature three key areas; a ... More
The Retention Guru
The Retention Guru
22 Nov 2020
Gyms are right near the bottom of the list in terms of places people have visited before a positive COVID-19 test, according to UK government ... More
22 Nov 2020
Grayshott Spa, an icon of the UK wellness industry, has succumbed to the pandemic, announcing it is to close permanently, 55 years after opening as ... More
20 Nov 2020
A new, Europe-wide initiative will look to chart the level of risk of COVID-19 infection at gyms, health clubs and leisure centres across the continent. ... More
MyZone Group Ltd
MyZone Group Ltd
1 - 15 of 43,031
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited