Keep gyms open

Gyms should remain open.

Why the contribution is important

Gyms are vital for physical and mental wellbeing. Mental health issues have increased significantly during the pandemic. Coming into winter, outdoor exercise may have more limited options for some. It would be a loss not to be able to go to the gym.

by Lou01 on October 05, 2020 at 05:30PM

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Average rating: 4.1
Based on: 28 votes


  • Posted by drewscotlad October 05, 2020 at 17:40

    In the bigger picture of save lives and protect economy this is not a high priority.
  • Posted by Bakuryu October 05, 2020 at 18:03

    Admittedly I have no empirical evidence to base my opinion. But gyms are surely safer than many other activities, pubs, shops, places where tills are located etc. Currently I and what seems to be the vast majority of people are cleaning equipment before and after. Way less crowded than pubs and restaurants. I will concede currently masks are no mandatory in the rooms where exercise takes place, but if they were to be made mandatory I wouldn't be against it. Structured routines pertaining to exercise are vital for many peoples mental, emotional, and physical health. Just going for a run and working out at home don't work for many people.
    As for the argument the economy is more important than gyms. I pay for my gym membership. That's kind of how it works.
  • Posted by Laethe October 05, 2020 at 19:26

    Totally agree with this, and as far as I have seen both gym goers and the gyms themselves have been very compliant with the regulations.
  • Posted by mstirner October 05, 2020 at 19:59

    Our gym has almost gone broke complying with government measures to keep members distant.

    They've complied, and updated their facilities to make them covid-safe.

    Members are constantly sanitising our hands.

    It would be completely unfair for the government to kill off this family-run business for no justifiable gain.
  • Posted by Morrisc0502 October 05, 2020 at 21:09

    Gyms must absolutely stay open, and only shut as a last resort. The Scottish government showed their true colours by opening pubs before gyms. It came down to money. Gyms are often housed in big industrial stores. Are extremely hygienic and well looked after. As are most leisure facilities.

    It’s an essential health service for some, and mental health service for others.

    Gyms now have robust systems in place and from what I can gather, transmission within them has not happened.

    Shutting gyms before malls, pubs etc will tell me that the government are lacking in their care for people’s health and are more concerned about tax revenues and money
  • Posted by slimbofat October 07, 2020 at 12:01

    The irony of closing institutions which allow citizens to lower their Covid risk through exercise is strong.
  • Posted by rationalone October 10, 2020 at 11:17

    Gyms must stay open. Essentially from protecting physical and mental health in short and long term. If we don’t keep people fit, we are just storing up problems for the future.
  • Posted by Jamesbu October 11, 2020 at 13:26

    I own a gym, stringent cleaning policies and track and trace have always been in force, more so now. Exercise and the associated industry is both vital to individual physical and mental health as well as being part of a healthy economy. I have to restructure again now with the ban on group classes. What evidence backs up this new change?
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