Petition Allow fitness classes to resume in areas with tier 3 restrictions
We would like group fitness classes and other studio based classes to be allowed to resume, with social distancing measures in place, during tier 3 restrictions from December.
Adult physical and mental health has been put on the back burner throughout the pandemic and self-employed workers in this industry are often forgotten. Despite gyms being allowed to remain open this does not cater for all and many people will stop exercising altogether if there is no access to fitness classes. Businesses have spent time and money prepping their classes to ensure they are COVID secure.
This response was given on 21 December 2020
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.
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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 the first period of enhanced national restrictions and why we opened up grassroots sport and leisure facilities as soon as it was safe to do so.
As the Prime Minister said on 23 November, the national restrictions ended on Wednesday 2 December, and gyms and sport facilities could reopen across all tiers. In Tier 3 areas there are further measures to limit social interactions and therefore opportunities for the virus to spread. This unfortunately includes exercise classes. As set out in the COVID Winter Plan the decision to allocate tiers is based on a range of factors and will be reviewed every 14 days.
Under Tier 3 you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues. Gyms and sports facilities can open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles only. Indoor group activities and exercise classes should not take place. You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in an outdoor public place in groups up to 6.
There are exceptions for the disability sport, sports as part of the curriculum in education and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s , which can take place in any number.
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DCMS Committee to hear from sports facility representatives on surviving the pandemic
On Tuesday 12 December, a group of MPs called the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hear from the gym industry on making sure our sports facilities, including pools and leisure centres, can survive the pandemic.
Watch the session from 10 am on Tuesday 12 January on Parliament’s streaming site: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/c4f1d7a0-2370-412b-8d88-a297b6abf06a
This 'evidence session' is part of the Committee's inquiry into Sport in our communities. The Committee will hear from two panels:
Panel 1 (10 am to 11 am)
Rich Emerson, CEO, The Climbing Academy, and Chair of the Association of British Climbing Walls.
Rebecca Passmore, UK Managing Director, PureGym
Panel 2 (11 to 12 pm)
Marg Mayne, CEO, Mytime Active, and Treasurer of Community Leisure UK
Huw Edwards, CEO, ukactive
The session is part of a longer inquiry looking into Sport in our communities. You can find out more here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/647/sport-in-our-communities/
You can get involved with the inquiry by recording your own video message or short film to answer the question: What does community sport mean to me?
You must follow current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions when filming your video- do not put yourself and others at risk. You can use animation, film your video indoors and you don’t need to film outside. We want to hear about why community sport is important to you and why it matters to you.
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Find out about the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/378/digital-culture-media-and-sport
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