COVID-19

Why this YouGov pub survey may help to build the case for the reopening of leisure centres and gyms across England

This YouGov survey asked the question: "How soon, if at all, do you think you will visit a pub after they reopen?" Although tomorrow (July 4th) has been talked up in England by the media as 'super Saturday' with the reopening of hospitality businesses such as restaurants, bars and pubs in England, ...

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Professor Jonathan Van-Tam undertakes gym inspections as part of reopening process

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England has been visiting gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools as part of the impending reopening process. Ukactive, a fitness industry trade association, reported that the delegation comprised government officials , Sport England and public health officials. There are three Deputy ...

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Does the UK indoor fitness industry need to reframe the coronavirus pandemic as a marathon rather than a sprint?

On May 11th, 2020 the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy was published which outlined a phased reopening of the economy subject to “successfully controlling the spread of the virus.” Indoor fitness venues form part of stage three of the strategy and are provisionally outlined to open “no earlier than 4 ...

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Boris Johnson advises that gyms and many other indoor leisure venues to remain closed

Boris Johnson has this afternoon confirmed that indoor leisure venues, including gyms, are to remain closed. Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants and pubs will reopen on July 4th 2020 but leisure venues such as nightclubs, indoor play areas including soft-play, indoor fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and other ...

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Nicola Sturgeon signals a potential delay to the reopening of leisure venues across Scotland

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has signalled a setback in the timetable for the reopening of pubs, restaurants and gyms across Scotland. On June 18th, while outlining the move to phase two of Scotland’s lockdown lifting plan, she made the following statement: "There is emerging evidence that places such as pubs, ...

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Could the reporting of daily health form a key part of the UK Fitness industry’s reopening strategy?

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy will shortly be allowing for the reopening of gyms, fitness studios and leisure centres although this may be phased differently across the four nations. Industry bodies and health and fitness operators are busy working on how to safely open and operate their facilities. Considerable ...

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Covid-19 contact tracing course at John Hopkins University

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the strain of coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and we are all having to quickly learn more about how to mitigate its impact. So when John Hopkins University announced they had launched a Covid-19 contact tracing course, I jumped at the ...

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Washington Post survey shows many Americans do not yet support the reopening of gyms.

The Washington Post and the University of Maryland have recently published a survey which describes how the majority of Americans do not yet support the opening of many retail businesses, including gyms. Approximately half of the 50 US states have begun easing restrictions in an attempt to reboot the economy, ...

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What all business leaders can learn from pilots during a crisis

A few years ago, I was at a family and friends gathering and got speaking to a British Airways (BA) pilot. We began discussing pilot training in the event of an emergency. With their adrenalin pumping and numerous calls on their attention, what is the crew’s immediate priority? It turns ...

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Gym and studio negotiations with their landlords

Given that many gyms, leisure centres and studios have been ordered to close across much of Europe (there are a few exceptions), I am trying to get a sense for how property landlords are responding to the payment of rent, both now and over the coming months. Here in the UK, ...

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