Gyms re opening

People could go back to the gym; however there can be a restriction in numbers based on the size of the building, “square meters”. No classes should be allowed.

Why the contribution is important

Once more physical activity can keep the body and mind healthy.

by Elizabeth83 on May 05, 2020 at 03:56PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 3.3
Based on: 190 votes


  • Posted by Cowden May 05, 2020 at 16:04

    poor idea, gyms are not a good place to be during this.
  • Posted by byminutes May 05, 2020 at 16:05

    Madness, hot sweaty bodies in enclosed environment. No thank you.
  • Posted by jgray2020 May 05, 2020 at 16:05

    Think classes should be allowed, just with more spacing, and obviously have to wipe down any equipment at the end of the class.
  • Posted by jh24 May 05, 2020 at 16:09

    Gyms should only be opened for 1-2-1 PT under supervised circumstances with socially distancing enforced. Public gym opening wouldn’t work - too many people wouldn’t adhere to the distancing and no one to enforce it.
  • Posted by dmiller1 May 05, 2020 at 16:14

    Be goof to have swimming pools aligned to gyms - social distancing still feasible
  • Posted by Whisk3y May 05, 2020 at 16:15

    Gyms could socially distance as they were pre lockdown. We already know the virus can't transmit through sweat.
  • Posted by dhayles May 05, 2020 at 16:18

    perhaps having 'open' gyms i.e. a trainer in a large open area where everyone can social distance
  • Posted by Margaret May 05, 2020 at 16:27

    social distancing, limited numbers capacity and compulsory facemasks with plenty of handwashing/sanitising facilities would give people the chance to use gyms relatively safely. Maybe not opening changing rooms/showers. classes could be taken with limited numbers and the appropriate measures in place
  • Posted by richardps May 05, 2020 at 16:42

    Being fit and healthy puts you in the lowest risk category for catching the disease. How many are slowly becoming obese due to lack of gym time and thus increasing our risk. Consider this: If everyone in the UK was fit, the R would be well below 1.0
  • Posted by scottmcmartin May 05, 2020 at 16:51

    Pre-lockdown once Covid was known about, the gym was probably a far safer environment, than say a supermarket. People were washing hands on entry/exit. People were cleaning equipment before and after use, and the staff were cleaning the equipment. Classes could occur but in reduced numbers to ensure social distancing. No classes was why i didn't score this at 5 stars.
  • Posted by Barry7076 May 05, 2020 at 17:15

    I agree the gym was open before lockdown and covid has been here since December - people need to exercise and be healthy - with the precautions in use - those who want to train can train
  • Posted by Dino May 05, 2020 at 17:39

    Opening gyms is vital to maintain mental health and well being. Strict control on numbers and social distancing would be required.
  • Posted by ThomasW1992 May 05, 2020 at 17:45

    As gyms are a great place for people to escape day to day lives and help with mental well being. We should be able to have them open, all be it maybe on a scaled down basis with limited numbers or set plans implemented to allow for social distancing and to keep everyone safe. I would have to stress that it would be safe if there were measures put in place as there are for workplaces, supermarkets etc. If we can get on with our day to day working lives meeting new people every day and stay safe, then there should be no reason we cannot continue to live by social distancing and be able to have our gym to be able to exercise, stay healthy and keep our mental well-being in check
  • Posted by irondee May 05, 2020 at 17:49

    Brilliant idea Can book time slots so that only certain amount of members in at any one time if necessary Social distancing can be done and sanitise equipment before and after use as before lockdown As safe as any supermarket trip !
  • Posted by Rosco901 May 05, 2020 at 17:51

    If supermarkets can be open with zero policy on who comes and goes I think gyms can definitely open. Most if not all gyms have the ability to implement social distancing, they can operate on a rota basis and only allowing a certain amount of people in at a time and only in for set intervals. The gym patron's then wipe down the gym equipment before and after use. Whilst staff monitor the situation at all times. All you people thinking it's a bad idea but will happily walk around a supermarket not knowing who has touched what or where the have been are delusional if you think thats safer than gyms. At least gym can be regulated unlike everywhere else. Peoples mental health is at an all time low especially those who's only release is the gym. So let use a bit of common sense here!!
  • Posted by Cwiedenhof May 05, 2020 at 17:55

    I think gyms should be allowed to open! Gyms can re-open and be safe with the right precautions in place. Restrictions on numbers allowed in at one time per sq meter, proper sanitation stands, hand gels etc. The gym is an escape for many people who have mental health issue and thus being taken away is having a great impact on people at this time. If shops like b&q etc can open to get paint when that's not essential then when not a gym facility where it can be restricted and monitored to be safe. Off licenses are open so alcoholics can still get a drink but a gym where people go to escape mental health issues can't?
  • Posted by Carlos79 May 05, 2020 at 18:00

    Gyms reopening is a good and wholly acceptable thing to consider. Bolstering of immune system function from exercise has long been proven to be highly effective at staving off infections. A stronger more healthy individual makes less of a strain on the NHS than say a morbidly obese person. Improved lung function and heart health are key anyway in this case of covid 19. Then there is the mental aspect, many people rely on gym visits for an escape, or release, the strain on the NHS in the mental health sector is the worst hit in the UK and that will get worse for those who relied on gym visits - depression is the biggest pandemic than we will ever experience. After seeing what gym attendance has done to my son, who has ADHD, I can say that gyms reopening with some caution, is absolutely a great idea. It's alright for those who never needed, nor attended a gym to say its not, that's they're prerogative, but it shows a lack of understanding to those that need it
  • Posted by Bmac9802 May 05, 2020 at 18:02

    Re opening gyms can only be a good thing. With the right precautions (hygiene, slight restrictions on numbers) it would give a massive boost to people’s physical and mental wellbeing. As a nation we have to start to get some form of normality back, and soon. Small and medium size businesses need to recover. With thought, and everyone taking responsibility for hygiene and conduct this would be achievable
  • Posted by MrB May 05, 2020 at 18:07

    Opening gyms in a controlled environment is one of the best ways to boost people's immune system, alleviate many people's depression/anxiety and can easily be done safely. Restricting numbers to square metre of gym space, sanitizers, wash hand basins were all in place before shutdown so can continue to be kept. The gym, for many, is not simply about lifting weights but is a mental health therapy. I have already lost one friend to suicide during this shutdown but do not know anyone who has contracted coronavirus. Please re-open gyms, especially small owner occupiers gyms where all health measures can be maintained thereby halting the fears of those who fear this thing. Mental and physical health and a strong immune system is every bodies best defense against any illness.
  • Posted by DDK May 05, 2020 at 18:15

    Health and fitness is a vital component of our overall well-being, both from an immunity and psychological perspective. The simple induction and maintenance of social distancing and individual cleanliness, both staff and patron, offers just as viable an alternative to full operating as any other business. Reduced gym populations and regular revision of health & safety standards is essential.
  • Posted by Rabson14 May 05, 2020 at 18:29

    Of course gyms in Scotland should open, how's it different from working in industry where social distancing is impossible or schools, allow gyms back, only certain amount in 1 time, face masks and users must sanitise equipment before and after use, even tempartures taken before entry if we go that far, it can easily be done and will benefit mental and physical health.
  • Posted by dwillox1 May 05, 2020 at 18:59

    I strongly agree with the concept of gyms reopening. It is imperative for mental and physical health that people have access to exercise in a gym if that is their preferred method of exercising. Social distancing measures can, and have been, successfully implemented in gyms. Trust the Scottish people to behave in an appropriate manner in this environment. Those who are not comfortable with the idea of their gym reopening don't have to use the facilities if they don't want to.
  • Posted by morningsidemusings May 05, 2020 at 19:17

    As a gym member I disagree. Sharing equipment, changing facilities and exercising in proximity to others is unnecessary at this time of year. Would only reconsider in winter when exercise could be harder to facilitate.
  • Posted by hesmar May 05, 2020 at 19:18

    The benefits for mental and physical wellbeing of having access to a gym outweigh the risks, providing strict compliance to guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. Yes you can exercise outdoors in other ways but the feeling of being part of a group or organisation is crucial for lots of people struggling with their mental health.
  • Posted by fergun May 05, 2020 at 19:29

    These should be the last places to open
  • Posted by codenamev May 05, 2020 at 19:43

    The latest issue of Runners World had a questions and answers session on corona-virus and specifically stated that you CANNOT catch a virus from someones sweat this is according to the centers for disease control in the US. Transmission happens between people who are in close contact with one another less than 2 meters and through respiratory droplets, produced by exhaled breath, coughs and sneezes, not sweat. A well ventilated gym should have no problems, The original poster had a good idea where people could book a session where less people overall in the gym environment and social distancing could be adhered too as well as hand washing. The benefits of regular exercise vastly outweigh the risks !
  • Posted by steves01x May 05, 2020 at 19:48

    100% As like many who have posted, i was using the gym, pool and sauna right up until the official lock down. With restrictions on exercise to 1 hour out doors per day, essentially limited to walking or cycling (most dont have the funds or space to invest in a "home gym") this has put a massive strain on how many people regularly exercise. Keeping a healthy routine and life style is essential for good health & mental well being in the fight against all possibly virus. All of which can easily be done through use of the gym. There are also many others recovering from injuries and surgeries who can no longer maintain their successful rehab with out the use of a gym. Each gym will have a different layout / number of members but surely adding a booking system for X amount per hour to enter along with the previous additional hand sanitising / cleaning products to wipe equipment down after use is sufficient. This would leave a cleaner area and less people per meter square than in the super markets. Ultimately there is zero logic in shutting a gym when you can still fly in to Heathrow on a full plane.
  • Posted by DavyJ53 May 05, 2020 at 19:54

    Gyms are essential for a sizeable section of the public for their physical and mental health. As long as social distancing rules are applied , equipment is disinfected after use, infection risk will be minimal. Gym staff will also wipe down equipment regularly throughout the day. As gym members desperately want and need to train, they will ensure they follow the protocol laid down.
  • Posted by Addison May 05, 2020 at 21:26

    Opening the gyms is a great idea. Our Mental and Physical Health is paramount during this time and the gym can greatly improve both. I think any business that can demonstrate proper social distancing measures should be open. Everyone's idea of what is essential is not the same.
  • Posted by VMcCann May 05, 2020 at 21:52

    As a gym owner we have several members who use the gym to alleviate their  mental health issues. It is the case that many have actually been able to stabilise or reduce medication or have less need of psychological support due to regular use of the gym.  We are obviously concerned about these members and how they are coping in these difficult times. We are aware  that ‘Off licences’ have been granted permission to remain open throughout  this difficult time we are subsequently concerned that if gyms dont open sooner rather than later alcohol may become the option taken by those suffering. Realistically, I am sure safe and controlled use of the gym to allow some normality or mental relief is more important than alcohol and no doubt would be better for the NHS long term than people finding solace in a bottle. Under no circumstances di we think the gym should open in its normal capacity, but rather under controlled parameters of social distancing and a strict hygiene protocol.
  • Posted by ST29 May 05, 2020 at 22:50

    We all know that for people who use gyms, (and some who don’t) physical health is vital to their well being, however, the positive impact on anxiety and depression is for some, much more important. Getting back into the gym will give people structure and routine that they recognise and is desperately needed. Many gyms before lockdown implemented strict hygiene measures and took responsibility for the safety of their members and given correct guidelines could safely reopen.
  • Posted by Ericdmc85 May 06, 2020 at 07:40

    Gyms are closed yet fast food places are allowed to reopen, it is no wonder we are the most unhealthy nation in Europe. I'd rather go to the gym and catch coronavirus knowing that my lungs and body was ready to deal with it than not go to the gym and potentially catch it at work or in the supermarket and have to deal with it in a body which has had little or no exercise.
  • Posted by ConorM95 May 06, 2020 at 09:25

    There seems to be a lot of negative and somewhat ignorant comments on here from people assuming gyms would be open as normal. We are not stupid, gyms would have to open with restrictions i.e. limited numbers, soctial distancing, rigorous cleaning. This is completely doable, a trip to the gym would be no less safe than a trip to the supermarket or b&q. Just because the gym is not essential to you does not mean its the same for others. There are numerous studies which show the positive impact exercise has on mental health, some people need this for their wellbeing. We can't go on stuck in our houses living in fear any longer, we have to get back to normal with sensible percautions.
  • Posted by Gillan28 May 06, 2020 at 10:04

    Gyms should be open . They r essential for people’s health and wellbeing. At times likes these people need to have somewhere to go to keep them physically and mentally in a better place... I see no difference to people that smoke, drink... if they can do that why can’t people use there gyms for stress relief....
  • Posted by McDG May 06, 2020 at 10:22

    Gyms should be allowed to reopen under the similar guidance being given to other businesses/buildings where people can gather. Furthermore gyms, unlike many other places, are already placed to safely reopen. - Gyms are already equipped with cleaning and sanitising products the use of which can be enforced/increased - Users must continue, as with all aspects of society, not to attend if showing symptoms, no temperature/cough - Users can be limited to allow for physical distancing - more enforceable than in supermarkets/DIY stores - The physical and mental health benefits for those attending, and the subsequent benefits for the health care system, will likely outweigh the possibility of contracting C-19 - As stated by many, C-19 is not transmitted through sweat The reopening of gyms must be considered from a factual and not emotional/fearful perspective. The potential for checks, physical distancing and cleaning measures are greater than those in places already open. Users are able to make an informed decision as to whether they are physically fit to attend and whether their attendance would potentially place them/someone in their household at risk. If looked at objectively and with due consideration of actual fact, there is no reason for gyms (with proper procedures in place) not to be among those places allowed to open in an eased lockdown.
  • Posted by KerryN May 06, 2020 at 10:59

    Gyms should be allowed to re-open, as long as they are able to maintain the distancing and hygiene measures set out by Scottish Government. They are also in a much better position to uphold these laws than most businesses as they can actually control the amount of people using their building. Historically they mostly used booking systems to ensure no over-crowding in their facilities anyway, so they will have the mechanisms already in place to maintain safe numbers and their patrons are used to such measures and importantly keeping the place clean. So very likely gyms were before COVID and will be after lockdown a much safer place to be (in regard to infection spreading) than most of the places being suggested as first businesses to re-open. Never mind the fact that numerous studies have shown that physical exercise is important for immune system health and that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects. Never-mind phone lines for people to discuss their mental state, let them actually go back to the gym and take charge of their mental health again.
  • Posted by Ed1981 May 06, 2020 at 11:22

    Gyms should be open. Exercise and regular fitness routine play a very important role in maintaining an individual's immune system and their owerall psyhical and mental health. This is a busness that can properly maintain social distans. Lockdown increase online gambling and alcohol consumption. So big Yes for gyms to reopen.
  • Posted by ChrisHale May 06, 2020 at 11:23

    For many their gym is not just about physical fitness Gyms also provide essential mental and social well-being Even pre-lockdown the gym I use was always pristine and the members approach to hygiene impeccable Equipment always cleaned after (and during) use Yes , the new normal needs to be different but with limitations in numbers and distancing respected I see no reason not to reopen gyms
  • Posted by williamfleming May 06, 2020 at 11:41

    Mental and Physical health are important. Gyms that can implement social distancing and proper cleaning of equipment should do so
  • Posted by Lyong May 06, 2020 at 13:01

    I think gyms are an essential place. Providing a business can produce an appropriate plan for social distancing and cleanliness then they should be allowed to open. I bet they can manage a this in a gym better than some supermarkets or shops that are currently open!
  • Posted by Jp May 06, 2020 at 13:11

    Gyms are used for many purposes and by re opening them using social distancing will help people with mental health, reduce anxiety in others and keep people healthier. If gyms are allowed to re open using appropriate measures that will help reducing depression in some and help others in a healthier lifestyle.
  • Posted by sbecker May 06, 2020 at 13:37

    Gyms clearly have a lot of benefits to offer people in this lockdown situation. However, given the nature of this virus it seems crazy too open gyms just now as this would clearly lead to a marked increase in infections. For now, exercise outside otherwise this lockdown will never end!
  • Posted by MCC May 06, 2020 at 14:06

    Re-opening gyms. Follow the Singapore Example (even before their lockdown). Each person temperture checked at the entrance. Each piece of equipment - dedicated sanitizing spray. Hand sanitizing stations - LOTS and LOTS of them. The whole gym cleaned each day and throughout the day.
  • Posted by BUTTERFLYGAL May 06, 2020 at 14:42

    I am a gym member. Im keeping my monthly membership going as my gym is a small business which needs my (and others)support, not a huge corporation. Exercise outside only for now. Gyms should be one of the very last places to open. We have seen proof of people not abiding by the social distancing policy outside, why on earths sake would we believe they would adhere to it within a gym setting? On the whole there are never enough staff to police the situation. They are a hotbed of germs, people panting and puffing out all over the place. All the possible silent carriers prepared to live with others illnesses on their conscience? I know Im not. Think again on this one please Ms Sturgeon - this would help the virus scream through households and communities. Its not the right time.
  • Posted by RaV_88 May 06, 2020 at 14:48

    In controlled environment, is nothing better to keep body and mind in a good shape especially now.
  • Posted by Lynzb May 06, 2020 at 15:06

    I think gyms should re-open because people's mental and physical health are being affected and being at the gym helps everyone who needs support just now. Everyone can be checked before entering the gym and all equipment can be cleaned at all times and hand sanitizer is also available. Please re- poen the gyms.
  • Posted by Parsa33zandkArimi May 06, 2020 at 15:39

    We need to open the gyms at least for people with mental health because it is a THERAPY FOR SOMEPEOPLE people with depression and anxiety and suicidal is very very dangerous at this difficult times to be banned from their therapy because THINKS AND THOUGHTS GROWS. Please understand mental health and its therapys.
  • Posted by Craigie31 May 06, 2020 at 16:12

    Complete No Brainer, get gyms opened up! We are wasting away at home. We can easily do this by- Introducing booking systems to monitor numbers and ensure compliance. Allow 5-10 mins between sessions for cleaning. Immediate bans for anyone not wiping equipment or social distancing. Bring your own water (no fountains). No showers / changing facilities (turn up ready to go/go home and shower then change). These steps are all easily put in place and would offer far less risk than going to the supermarket or using a bus. Ultimately we need to keep healthy in body and mind.
  • Posted by Piglet66 May 06, 2020 at 16:13

    I think gyms should be one of the first establishments to be reopened as they have the capacity to have social distancing, not only does it improve physical wellbeing, but also mental wellbeing. Some people may already be struggling with their mental health with the lock down as they may be disabled so can not walk or ride for exercise but need to drive to an establishment for exercise. Alcohol use has reportedly already increased by 25% and Scotland already has a drink abuse problem. Group exercise classes also have the ability to social distance.
  • Posted by AllandR May 06, 2020 at 17:19

    Gyms before lockdown done better to protect the community than any supermarket I've stepped foot in since I strongly agree gyms should open again, not only for physical health but more importantly at this time, mental heath.
  • Posted by Foxysas May 06, 2020 at 19:24

    Absolute madness to open gyms just now. Hot sweaty people, sharing machines. Gyms should be the end of the list along with pubs.
  • Posted by RYoung1997 May 06, 2020 at 19:56

    Gyms should be opened at the same time as restaurants, coffee shops, small shops etc. as there is the same or even less of a chance for the virus to spread. They should be operated as they were before lockdown, where hand sanitizer is available and used on entrance/exit of the facility, together with reduced class numbers and sanitising wipes for cleaning hands and equipment before and after use. Social distancing should also be monitored by staff. The virus only spreads via water droplets and contact with your eyes, nose and mouth, therefore, in addition to the above, wearing a face mask will drastically reduce the chances of spread and it means the gym will be a safer place than a lot of other public facilities. Wearing a face mask will only have a slight (if any) affect on breathing during exercise. The gym improves both mental and physical health, which is proven to make you less of a risk of developing severe symptoms, so in that sense I would deem it more important than a lot of other public areas. It should also be considered that local gyms cannot afford to be closed for an extended period of time.
  • Posted by LCam06 May 06, 2020 at 21:28

    Our gym was doing a great job of maintaining sanitation and social distancing before lockdown. The classes and gym itself offers great benefits to health and wellbeing of many. Again people should be able to make choices and manage risk.
  • Posted by yvonnebooth May 06, 2020 at 22:31

    Gyms are massively important for mental and physical well being. They should be able to open if strict hygiene rules are followed with hand sanitiser units available, equipment being wiped down after use and numbers of people being limited maybe by booking slots to allow for social distancing. Maximum 2 people training together. No big groups training together. Small classes and PT respecting social distancing could also be possible.
  • Posted by Chrismcc22 May 06, 2020 at 22:38

    I think a huge point that is being missed by a lot outside of this that is the gym isn't just another way of socialising, for some it’s more for mental well-being and an escape from everything. This plays a huge role. I do believe the gym members make a huge effort to self sanitise equipment before next use and distancing from others would always be there as you need space to perform an exercise. Physical health don’t get me wrong is a huge part of training but mental health is also massive for people which has became a lot bigger in the world these days yet, people are still saying gyms should be last?! Bit hypocritical posting about how it’s OK not to be OK but then something like this where people CANT get their escape leading to a not so nice outcome, yet gyms are to be last to open. OK then It has to be understood that it’s not just about getting stronger on the bench press but the mind itself.
  • Posted by SJM May 06, 2020 at 23:52

    I agree that gyms can be operated with appropriate social distancing and good hygiene practices. The benefits of exercise for mental and physical wellbeing are widely recognised and its always possible to exercise outdoors (in typical Scottish weather)
  • Posted by andrewza May 07, 2020 at 01:50

  • Posted by PotatoNinja May 07, 2020 at 07:34

    Opening gyms at a limited capacity could be good but there would need to be a good way to inforce it. Cheap chain gyms tend to not even have cleaning supplies for members and rely on PTs to clean everything every so often. It's not a good system to prevent transmission during pandemic.
  • Posted by Rugbymanuk May 07, 2020 at 09:55

    Why not if social distancing can be maintained. Wipe equipment down after use. No need for changing rooms etc, to start with, people can get changed and shower at home.
  • Posted by lastlullaby May 07, 2020 at 10:42

    Not really different than going to supermarkets. Keeping in mind the hygiene, washing your hands, disinfecting the equipment before and after use and allowing only certain number of people in at a time. Gyms should reopen.
  • Posted by snapier May 07, 2020 at 11:01

    Gyms should open by the end of summer so that people can keep fit indoors during the winter months. Gyms will need to be very careful to ensure social distancing by resricting the number of machines available. Classes could still take place providing mats and floors are sterilised and there is good ventilation.
  • Posted by WilfredLawrieNicholasJohnson May 07, 2020 at 12:20

    Swimming pools maybe. Gyms no. Numbers should be limited.
  • Posted by Jharrison May 07, 2020 at 19:20

    Completely agree gyms should reopen. If people are allowed to exercise outdoors then people who enjoy lifting weights should be able to return and do so. As someone who lifts weights due to health reasons I don’t see why this cannot be done and controlled in the same manner it was before the lockdown began. My gym ensured every Machine was cleaned down after every use and people generally did keep there distance. As someone who struggles to run etc doing cardio outdoors does not help me nor my mental state. Ensure gyms are cleaned regularly, face masks if need be to ensure people can get back and help there mental state and get there frustration out in the gym. I’d happily stay in lockdown for another 6 months if I could attend the gym and I’m sure every serious gym goer would agree on this as this is an important part of our lives. Just the same as golfing/fishing!
  • Posted by LArmstrong May 07, 2020 at 20:06

    As long as strict social distancing measures are implemented and the measures are adhered to, in addition to excellent hygiene and sanitation practices, which were already the norm in gyms prior to lockdown, I see no reason why Gym's should not be allowed to re-open and operate with reduced numbers. It's condescending to say the least to consider that a Gym owner may not respect their own livelihood enough to ensure that any of the above rules were not stringently enforced. Similarly so, to suggest that gym members would flaunt guidelines is also naive - the gym means so much to so many people. I see social distancing rules being ignored on a daily basis in supermarkets, take away queues and public spaces. Taking a rational, measured approach to ensuring gyms can reopen and operate safely seems entirely reasonable to me.
  • Posted by NH May 07, 2020 at 20:29

    Hard to ensure safe distancing. Any time I've been to gym people are in close proximity and too many don't bother to wipe down equipment.
  • Posted by Stewart20 May 07, 2020 at 23:51

    Scotland was not exactly a world leader in terms of health and physical fitness prior to the lockdown and we need to be promoting exercise. Open the gyms in the manner in which they were being run before they closed i.e. increased cleaning, provision of hand gel, limited numbers, every alternate machine out of use to maintain distancing, etc.
  • Posted by LMStatistician May 08, 2020 at 01:13

    Much better to let people have more freedom to exercise outside and further away from home. Very difficult to maintain social distancing in gymns and as people are breathing hard use of masks proabably wont work and droplets may spread further with heavy breathing. Also difficult to ensure proper cleaning of equipment between users.
  • Posted by firehorse May 08, 2020 at 01:31

    maybe hold group work outs in empty town centre/out of town car parks, plenty of room for social distancing, like Japanese do daily in parks etc. small enclosed spaces where peoples breathing rates increase due to physical exercise, may not be safe enough even with the best intentions of the staff cleaning the equipment.
  • Posted by davidascobiePT May 08, 2020 at 07:56

    Think this is a great idea, gyms not only about body composition and aesthetics, there is a massive bonus from a psychological and mental health perspective. If appropriate measures are taken and owners / operators are sensible then I do not see an issue at all. Also outdoor boot camps would be a great idea, respect social distancing and keep group size down to 12 Max
  • Posted by Smobytoe May 08, 2020 at 11:20

    It is essential that not all gyms are treated the same and that weight lifting gyms can open before other gyms. Classes (body attack, yoga and spin etc) and all of the hygiene issues around that do not exist at the same level in weight lifting gyms so they should be opened at different stages. In these weight based gyms the numbers of people can be significantly lower and the cleaning and ppe significantly higher. These gyms are so important to people as it is often their main community. It is not needed to be said that the lack of assess is very detrimental to mental health. Let's lead this phased lockdown with common sense and an intelligent response. This is one of the things that needs to be addressed appropriately.
  • Posted by JohntheHedge May 08, 2020 at 12:35

    As a gym owner - I can't see a way in which we could safely open the gym again. If we adhere to social distancing - the gym is unlikely to be financially viable. If we run classes as normal, we're likely to spread the virus As much as I hate to say it - we need to stay closed.
  • Posted by AGF May 08, 2020 at 12:47

    I think in a time where Physical and Mental health are paramount then gyms being open is essential . I think any business that can demonstrate a proper safe distancing plan should have the right to open it's not a certain business that's a problem its about social distancing. Off licences and fast food being considered essential from day one helps explain why Scotland has one of the worst mortality rates in the World.
  • Posted by BNBF May 08, 2020 at 13:27

    Gyms and weight training are beneficial to the youth of our country. It teaches focus and respect. The gym is often about having a place to go to train and socialise, a place to belong. So many youngsters hand about parks and streets drinking and smoking. The gym is the salvation of many young men and women. Get the gyms open for the sake of the young.
  • Posted by amackay88 May 08, 2020 at 13:53

    Healthy body, healthy mind. Physical and mental well being is key to a huge majority of the population especially during such a stressful time. Gyms have the capability to enforce the highest standards of hygiene, sanitation and social distancing which potentially makes them a safer environment than a grocery store. As a result with appropriate measures gyms should be allowed to re-open in order to benefit the physical and mental well being of the nation.
  • Posted by Tahiti1 May 08, 2020 at 15:13

    many gyms only have the equipment cleaned by fitness trainers, NOT professional cleaners. it is vital with COVID that only professional cleaners clean gym equipment and that a cleaner is onsite all hours whilst gym open. No gyms with touch pad entry systems should be allowed to reopen unless they change to a more hygenic entry system.
  • Posted by WhyDoINeedAUserNameAgain May 08, 2020 at 15:28

    The gyms should be opened. From my point of view - which is of someone who has had the virus, over 3 months ago now and has recovered from it, most of the measures put in place, that I have had to endure HAVE BEEN FOR NO REASON!! I am not the only one. There must be thousands, if not hundreds of thousands who are in the same boat. Not able to work, not able to leave the house, not able to contribute to the economy, not able to remain fit by going TO THE GYM! All for no reason!
  • Posted by scotchick May 09, 2020 at 10:54

    I do not support this, there are other ways to exercise. Gyms are full of hot sweaty people and would be really difficult to implement the regular enhanced cleaning that will be required
  • Posted by TG May 09, 2020 at 14:47

    Many seem to miss the point that people exercising in a gym are breathing deeply & heavily as as most gyms I know have fans ciculating the air quikly around the space (not pulling in fresh & expelling old air) this must significantly increase the risk of disease being spread through the air. If , as has been inferred, the quantity of virus taken in can affect the severity of the covid 19 illness - gyms have to be considered high risk.
  • Posted by daz7067 May 09, 2020 at 15:31

    Gyms should re open with immediate effect to help people like me with mental health issues. What sort of government are we being RULED OVER by that allows us to buy as much alcohol as we like from the supermarket but SHUTS GYMS DOWN ??? Clearly they are condoning alcoholism rather than a fit and healthy population. Not everyone CAN exercise outdoors - many of us rely on our local gym
  • Posted by Lanaiya May 09, 2020 at 16:26

    Small gyms with limited numbers at a time where social distancing can be maintained. 1 to 1 personal trainers, training in individual gyms or outdoors, should be allowed
  • Posted by jimmac123 May 09, 2020 at 18:20

    Prior to the lock-down my gym had already introduced a whole raft of measures - hand sanitiser, wipes to be used after use of every machine/map/set of weights, and an hourly booking system to ensure numbers were limited - it is difficult to understand why a gym cannot operate perfectly safely with these procedures in place.
  • Posted by EKopinion May 09, 2020 at 18:55

    Gyms were one of the few places pre lockdown who were carrying out sanitising/cleaning to a very high standard. With the same strict rules applied along with social distancing there is no reason they cannot reopen sooner rather than later
  • Posted by ebabcgym May 10, 2020 at 11:40

    Gyms should reopen. For people not working, the gym might be their only escape. During such a difficult time our mental health is being greatly effected and exercise is key to having a healthy mind and body. For people that love the gym and have been going consistently before this outbreak are losing all their hard work and goals are becoming out of reach, this is detrimental to mental health. Gym is an escape for relationship problems, work stress amongst so many other things. The social aspect of these facilities is amazing and this might be the only place some people get to talk to anyone. So many measures can be put in place to stop any germs spreading such as social distancing, only a few people training at once (each in their own space) and access to hygiene equipment. The gym is a necessity, mental health is so important. Get them open and have some rules in place!!
  • Posted by Ramie May 10, 2020 at 12:29

    Open gyms keeping limited numbers and social distancing will be a beneficial for everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Posted by GaryWiedenhof May 10, 2020 at 12:50

    An obvious plus for health and mental health.
  • Posted by johnxsmith2019 May 10, 2020 at 12:59

    Having suffered from various injuries my rehab , my current training is very limited as i can only walk or cycle - not having access to a swimming pool for resistance walking and all the low to zero impact kit in the gym for cardio is causing massive issues. Also not being able to build muscle around various injuries/surgeries as causing further issues with posture and walking ability. Combine the above with the mental aspect of no routine, watching my self slowly become less and less physically able is very depressing. I have spoken to several other gym regulars all at varying levels of ability - from the daily routine to the professional athlete and we all agree there is no reason the gym should not open with a booking system to keep numbers in per hour low. Do the SNP not want businesses to open and people to improve their mental and physical health? You are slowly killing me with your negative attitude.
  • Posted by Auntyme136 May 10, 2020 at 13:49

    I think it is key that gyms are allowed to open in some form this is key to a lot of peoples mental health and wellbeing. Numbers can be controlled quite easily by using a booking system. Personal training sessions.
  • Posted by If24 May 10, 2020 at 15:17

    Fully agree! The re opening of gyms would be excellent for mental and physical health. If it is done in compliance with the strict social distancing rules and constant sanitation then I don’t see any problem with it. Scheduled appointments with training groups of 2 max, face masks could be used also. I honestly believe this would be safer than being in a supermarket and the mental and physical health benefits would be huge!
  • Posted by Emcgregor May 10, 2020 at 15:38

    I agree that gyms should be opened. Gym owners can ensure that numbers are limited by operating a booking system and strict social distancing measures. There is no greater risk to members than when going to supermarkets or B&Q and gyms could go as far as taking temperatures if necessary.
  • Posted by Edinburger May 10, 2020 at 16:34

    People that live in Cities and especially those in flats with no access to open air recreational facilities are currently suffering both physically and mentally. Gym goers are a group of the most regimented and hygenic people on the planet and a large percentage of these people are genetically unable to do activities such as running and do not have access to equipment such as bicycles and therefore require gyms and the equipment there to undertake low impact exercise that stimulates their cardiovascular system to the degree required. Strength training has also been scientifically proven to boost the immune system. Not only that, a regular workout routine is key in the prevention of heart disease. Purvi Parikh of the NYU Langone Health and The Allergy & Asthma Network stated that "Regular Exercise has been shown to flush bacteria out of the lungs and reduce respiratory infection. It is also PROVEN that regular exercise boosts your mood and self confidence.. Factors that, at a time like this, are surely more important than ever.
  • Posted by GarethS May 10, 2020 at 17:11

    Fully agree gyms should be reopened. Strict social distincing measures and a restriction on numbers in the gym along with cleaning of surfaces will help achieve a safer environment. Physical and mental health will be greatly improved.
  • Posted by davidascobiePT May 11, 2020 at 07:21

    Defiantly a good idea, gyms can be one of the more easily managed public access areas and already have codes of conduct and procedures in place for cleaning and maintenance of equipment, this would just have to be re-evaluated and altered to suite the venue in question using proper risk access meant and risk management protocols. There is then the benefit that having these places open has on the people that use them, the main stream view gyms are places where vain people go to “look good” where as in truth the regular gym users view these places as integral parts of there life and attach a lot of physical and mental well-being and support to them. There is nothing more beneficial from a mental, physical, physiological and psychological perspective than getting these places back open again. This would have to be done intelligently but I see no reason that the smaller, independent gyms, don’t open first and these be used as a litmus test for the larger corporate run establishments to copy there blueprint, we need to be in this together to help everyone back to normality.
  • Posted by alexandra97 May 11, 2020 at 13:06

    Gyms should be able to re open where possible. Before lockdown many gyms showed they could put social distancing in effect by removing equipment and limiting the overall number of members at any given time and implement sufficient hygiene rules. Gyms play a massive part in people’s mental well being, and having them open to give people a chance to exercise how they choose to would be a big boost for many people, myself included. It’s also been showed that a large percentage of the people who have sadly passed away have had obesity noted a co-morbidity. Having gyms open could encourage people into a healthier lifestyle, particularly for those who cannot participate in efficient outdoor exercise.
  • Posted by Feriface May 11, 2020 at 14:36

    This is crazy. Gym's, like schools are a breeding ground for spreading viruses. I agree that we should have healthy bodies and do exercise but there are many, safer ways to achieve a healthy body. At this point other than in our own homes, exercise should only be allowed outdoors. Perhaps we need to have a mind shift in this area too. We need to be active and move, not go to gym to be healthy.
  • Posted by cammyloon May 11, 2020 at 17:12

    Gyms should be able to re-open and classes SHOULD be allowed, subject to conditions. Benefits: Strong benefits in terms of physical and mental health and wellbeing. It cannot be assumed that people can simply choose to exercise in other ways. It can be difficult to exercise without having a rigid structure; other forms of exercise may not be enjoyable (and therefore not pursued). While I've taken many reasonable steps to stay active during lockdown, these have not been as effective as gym classes for me. I feel less fit and I've gained weight in the last 6 weeks. Addressing risks of Covid transmission: Gyms were already taking strong measures to minimise risk of cross-infection in the weeks before lockdown - including reduced class sizes and rigorous cleaning of equipment. Unless there is evidence these measures are ineffective, gyms should be allowed to open subject to these conditions. Suggested way forward: It is entirely in line a consistent approach to Covid to allow gyms to re-open ahead of shops, restaurants, etc - if conditions about health and safety are met. Scottish Govt can simply invite representatives of fitness clubs to submit proposed conditions that achieve the safeguards SG seeks about non-transmission of Covid, to which any gym that re-opened would be subject to.
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