In light of certain rumours which pertain to the government considering closing leisure facilities once again in January, the leisure industry is desperately fighting to stop this from happening and to get the government to re-classify gyms and swimming pools as essential services. Regular exercise has been rightly identified as vital in the fight against COVID-19 and other medical conditions, not only because of its benefits to physical health, but mental health as well. This is especially important in the winter months, particularly January, where exercising outdoors becomes much harder, and for some, just not feasible.
You can help in this fight by sending the below letter to your local MP (Anthony Browne for South Cambs - firstname.lastname@example.org, Oliver Heald for North Herts - Oliver.email@example.com). We thank you very much for your support of Melbourn Sports Centre, and hope we can help you stay fit and healthy this winter! The MSC Team
I am a constituent and writing to call for your support in the upcoming Westminster Hall Debate on 23rd November on the petition to keep gyms and leisure centres open during any further restrictions.
The physical activity sector has a hugely important role in the physical and mental wellbeing of your constituents as well as being crucial to the country’s recovery from Covid-19.
The Government has consistently stressed the importance of exercise throughout this pandemic, maintaining it as an essential reason to leave the house in the most severe lockdown, and continuing to stress its importance in this second phase. However, during the winter months outdoor activity becomes less appealing and more dangerous, making it imperative there is a safe space to exercise.
Sport England’s Active Lives Survey reported three million more inactive individuals in the first lockdown period compared to the same period in 2019. This number is likely to be even greater during the winter, with a devastating impact on health and wellbeing, if our facility is not able to reopen.
Gyms and leisure facilities have proven since reopening they are safe, with the hygiene, ventilation, and social distancing measures within facilities, drawn up in conjunction with the Government, have ensured this low prevalence rate. The Government has so far provided no evidence to justify the closure of these facilities.
With the prospect of continued restrictions on a national and local level for the foreseeable future, it is vital the physical activity sector is recognised as safe and essential, and is able to remain open.
I would urge you to ensure your constituents’ health and wellbeing are protected by attending Monday’s debate.