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COVID-19 Update & Resources

Due to the latest coronavirus-related restrictions, indoor activity spaces in England including gyms and leisure centres will be closed from 5 January 2021.

This means that unfortunately all in-person classes and activities will not be taking place until lockdown is lifted.

Now that the Government has released a projected roadmap of the end of lockdown and the return to normality, we will be preparing for the various dates which mark the easing of restrictions. There will be some differences in the ease of restrictions in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

Key Dates:

29th March: Outdoor sports facilities to reopen, such as tennis and basketball courts,
and swimming pools. Formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can also restart.

12th April: Indoor gyms and leisure centres and spas to reopen (but not including saunas and steam rooms):

Gyms and leisure centres
Sports courts
Swimming pools
Dance studios and fitness centres
Driving and shooting ranges
Riding arenas
Archery venues
Climbing wall centres

17th May: Adult Indoor group sports and exercise classes, will be allowed to resume. Saunas and steam rooms within spas and indoor leisure facilities will also be able to reopen.

In the meantime, online classes through Move at Home continue whether live stream or on-demand. If you’re not a Move at Home member yet, then start working out at home now.  If you’re an instructor and not yet giving online classes through Move at Home, then start now.

Instructors and venue managers will be following more guidance and enforcing some regulations to ensure the health of staff and customers is protected. They’ll have a tricky time so now more than ever it’s right for customers to be compassionate, compliant, and respectful.

We’re all in this together!

Here at MoveGB, we are circulating resources to our partners to ensure they take the right precautions when running their in-person classes. We’re also listening to and talking regularly with customers and partners to make sure the environments and conditions are safer and cleaner but also still fun, inspiring, and motivating places to be active.

With such a variety of instructors and venues on the Move platform, there are naturally some variations on the particular actions to be taken in individual cases, but here we’ve compiled a broad list to help you know what to expect.

The customer appetite to get back to in-person classes looks mixed; some are chomping at the bit and others probably need a little more assurance and their confidence to be rebuilt.

The journey back into reopening and beyond will need care, consideration and compassion from all of us: instructors, venue managers and customers. 

If we all do that and take the right precautions, we can get everyone active safely once again.

We totally understand there’s a lot to consider for instructors and venue managers, and circumstances can still change quickly; but here are some things you can do to make your classes safer and cleaner for that initial reopening period. (More guidance will come from Move as the reopening momentum builds).