UK government urged to classify leisure centres ‘essential’ or face mass closures

  • Gyms and swimming pools also threatened by Covid pandemic
  • UK Active chief says centres are vital to public health

The government has been urged to reclassify swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres as ‘essential services’ vital to public health – or face the prospect of thousands of facilities being shut permanently if a second lockdown is introduced.

As the Guardian revealed in June, nearly half of Britain’s public leisure centres and 20% of the country’s swimming pools risk being closed for good before Christmas – putting more than 58,000 jobs in peril – because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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