Gyms and pools open their doors for first time in months

Indoor leisure resumes after more than five months closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gyms, swimming pools and other indoor facilities can now resume operating after spending more than five months closed.

Having originally been slated for a September 14 reopening, Nicola Sturgeon announced at the last lockdown review they could open their doors again from August 31.

The move is the latest measure in easing lockdown restrictions and has been welcomed by those in the fitness industry.

Voices in the sports and leisure sector had been becoming increasingly vocal about the need for reopening to keep businesses afloat.

Gyms have been busy installing safety measures and ensuring clients are socially distanced when they come back.

Some gyms and fitness groups have adapted to the Covid-19 restrictions by moving activities and classes online, or in some cases, outdoors.

The return to work for gym operators comes two months on from the resumption of outdoor hospitality and six weeks after the full reopening of pubs, restaurants and most shops.

It follows the green light to resume outdoor contact sports, driving lessons, bingo halls and some live outdoor events last week.

While indoor sports courts can reopen, indoor contact sports between people aged 12 and over won’t resume until September 14 at the earliest.

Children under the age of 12 can take part in all types of sporting activity.

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