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ukactive: government’s one size fits all changes to furlough scheme a ‘guarantee of redundancies’

ukactive: government’s one size fits all changes to furlough scheme a ‘guarantee of redundancies’

ukactive has questioned the government’s decision to make all employers start paying towards the wages of their furloughed staff. On 29 May, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which…

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Fit Together campaign launches to convince public it’s safe to return to the gym

Fit Together campaign launches to convince public it’s safe to return to the gym

An industry-wide campaign will provide fitness operators with the practical resources needed to ensure a safe and successful return to business for the UK’s gyms and leisure facilities. Called Fit Together and launching today (10…

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BREAKING: Gyms can reopen on Saturday 25 July

BREAKING: Gyms can reopen on Saturday 25 July

The UK’s fitness industry can finally get back to business on Saturday 25 July, following the government’s announcement today (9 July) that gyms and leisure centres can reopen their doors to the public. Culture minister,…

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Breaking: Gyms in Northern Ireland get go-ahead to reopen on 10 July

Breaking: Gyms in Northern Ireland get go-ahead to reopen on 10 July

Gyms and health clubs in Northern Ireland have been given the green light to reopen their doors on 10 July. The Northern Ireland Executive has announced a range of measures to lift lockdown restrictions –…

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Gymbox says it’s had threats of legal action over reopening plans, but no explanation as to why the government is keeping gyms closed

Gymbox says it’s had threats of legal action over reopening plans, but no explanation as to why the government is keeping gyms closed

Boutique gym operator, Gymbox, faced threats of legal action over its bid to reopen on 4 July, with CEO, Marc Diaper deciding not to proceed as a result. In late June, following the government’s decision…

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Breaking: Pubs will reopen before gyms. Johnson backs away from 4 July reopening

Breaking: Pubs will reopen before gyms. Johnson backs away from 4 July reopening

Pubs are to open before gyms, to the bitter disappointment of the health and fitness sector. Following a week of leaks and briefings, which indicated gyms and spa and wellness facilities would be included in…

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Government extends rent protection for gyms and leisure facilities

Government extends rent protection for gyms and leisure facilities

The government has announced that it will keep the Moratorium of Forfeiture, which protects businesses from rent enforcement activity, in place for a further three months. The measure will now be in place until the…

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Industry fears local lockdowns could scupper reopening – could also recalibrate the value of gym businesses

Industry fears local lockdowns could scupper reopening – could also recalibrate the value of gym businesses

A number of gym operators are concerned that local lockdowns could come into effect in some areas of the UK before gyms reopen, further delaying the full restarting of the industry – especially in major urban…

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Breaking: Government inspects gyms, as sector pushes hard for consent to reopen

Breaking: Government inspects gyms, as sector pushes hard for consent to reopen

Industry body ukactive has today (1 July) hosted a delegation of government and public health officials on visits to a number of gyms and leisure centres. The delegation, which included deputy chief medical officer, professor…

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Breaking: Gyms could reopen by mid-July says Dowden, in a bid to stem anger at “pubs before gyms” debacle

Breaking: Gyms could reopen by mid-July says Dowden, in a bid to stem anger at “pubs before gyms” debacle

Gyms in the UK could reopen by mid-July, according to a tweet, just posted by culture minister, Oliver Dowden. In a bid to contain the immediate outcry from both the public and the fitness industry…