The health and leisure industry has asked the government for immediate financial assistance to safeguard “the physical and mental wellbeing of people across the UK” After recent closures in the battle against the coronavirus, fitness centres, gyms, swimming pools and tennis courts have been forced to close again.
Ukactive, a non-profit industry group representing more than 4,000 gyms and leisure centers, has also warned that employment and companies are under threat: “Operators of all sizes across the UK are sounding the alarm that their businesses are not viable and face significant job losses if they are forced to close again without a comprehensive package of tailored financial and regulatory support,” That’s why they need to be prioritized and safeguarded, or we risk a widespread business collapse that would have a major effect on the health of an entire generation. “Edwards said it was “crucial” to respect the further restrictions, but he urged the government to come up with “credible measures to mitigate the negative impact of the closure on people’s physical and mental well-being. “In addition, UK governments must protect this sector before it is too late. They must recognize that January and February are a vital period for gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities, which, unlike other sectors, currently have no revenue. “In compliance with the latest Covid 19 guidelines and regulations of the UK government, golf courses and facilities in England must close with immediate effect. Co/HCkNNHmjdn pic.twitter.com/QycElbXfqi- England Golf (@EnglandGolf) January 4, 2021 In England, outdoor team sports and golf will be banned, while the latter will continue to be permitted in Scotland in small groups. England Golf, which was actively lobbying for the reopening of golf courses when they were first closed, expressed its dissatisfaction. “England Golf – as part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf along with other leading industry associations – is extremely disappointed with this news after campaigning strongly in recent months for golf to remain open during national closures and in the regional tier system,” it said in a statement. Following the announcement by the Prime Minister to implement new national closure restrictions across England, the LTA can confirm that unfortunately all indoor and outdoor tennis facilities will have to close.”Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to introduce new national closure restrictions across England, the LTA can confirm that regrettably all indoor and outdoor tennis facilities will have to close.” It is also possible to continue organized outdoor sports for people with disabilities. Football below the Premier League and the English Football League must be discontinued – levels three through six of the National League system and levels three through seven of the women’s soccer pyramid down to the grassroots level. The Vitality Women’s FA Cup will also be discontinued, as it is not considered elite at this point. Confirmation that racing will begin throughout the forthcoming national lockout behind closed doors: pic.twitter. “Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County Football Associations and we will provide further updates on the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and non-elite soccer when relevant,” read a statement from the Football Association. com/rnRr27JziH- BHA Press Office (@BHAPressOffice) January 4, 2021 The Lawn Tennis Association also called for the continuation of its sport, while the British Horseracing Authority announced that racing will proceed behind closed doors. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose club faces Manchester City on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Carabao Cup, said the top-level sport was in a privileged place. It’s a tough and difficult situation for everyone, of course,”Of course it’s a tough and difficult situation for everyone,”