Boris faces backlash over ‘completely illogical’ decision to reopen pubs but not gyms

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Announcing the raft of changes to lockdown restrictions in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said “difficult judgements” had been made in deciding which sectors to reopen. Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hair salons will be allowed to throw open their doors on July 4 while indoor gyms and spas remain shut. More than 73,500 people have signed a petition calling on Mr Johnson to allow gyms to welcome customers back.

One gym owner addressed his message directly to Mr Johnson.

He said: “If throughout the pandemic you’ve been guided by the science, I’d like to see the science behind the decision to reopen pubs before gyms.”

Another woman said: “I’m so gutted it’s unreal.”

And a third wrote on social media: “Absolutely ridiculous that hairdressers and pubs can open but not gyms!”

And a female gym bunny tweeted: “How can Boris reopen pubs but not gyms? That makes no sense to me.”

Others pointed to the fact that families are flocking to theme parks and playgrounds when they reopen on July 4.

She said: “Pubs and Thorpe Park can reopen but the gyms can’t????”

One man joked that Mr Johnson had considered his own needs instead of the public’s when making the latest decision.

He joked: “Boris obviously needs a haircut and a pint.”

One avid gym-goer said Mr Johnson had ignored the fact that exercise is more important for mental health than going to the pub.

He said he felt “beyond disappointed in the Government” during “a time when health and fitness couldn’t be more important”.

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Another angry fitness enthusiast slammed said social distancing rules, which the Prime Minister has reduced from two metres to one metre plus, would be easier to follow in a gym than in a pub.

He said: “Gyms are infinitely easier to manage social distancing and implement cleaning throughout the establishment than pubs.

“Stop following the money, SERVE THE PEOPLE.”

Glenn Earlam, chief executive of David Lloyd Clubs, said Mr Johnson had made a “completely illogical” move.

He said: “So what we hear is that pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen, but health and fitness facilities won’t be able to. To us this is bizarre because we are part of the solution.

“If people come to health and fitness facilities it helps boost their immune system, the chief medical officer has regularly said that health and fitness is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19.”

PureGym, one of the UK’s largest operators with more than one million members, said in a statement: “We understand that these decisions are not easy, but it is a strange ‘war on obesity’ that sees pubs and restaurants open before gyms.

“Our facilities are, on average, the size of five or six doubles tennis courts and are exceptionally well ventilated, enabling people to work and exercise safely and securely.”

And Mark Sesnan, managing director of GLL, which operates 270 leisure and sports facilities on behalf of local authorities in the UK, told PA news agency he was “flabbergasted” by the announcement.

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