POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Magazine      Advertise  
PRODUCT NEWS
Welsh gym operators furious over Welsh government's u-turn in gym reopening - ukactive issues challenge
22 Feb 2021 . BY Tom Walker
First Minister Mark Drakeford said gyms wouldn't be able to open until 'better evidence emerges' - but didn't explain what that might be / Shutterstock/ComposedPix
The re-opening of gyms in Wales has been pushed back by the country's First Minister – just two weeks after one of his ministers promised that health clubs and leisure centres would be among the first businesses allowed to reopen.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said that very strict rules for exercise would stay in place for the foreseeable future, despite Wales' COVID-19 rates being at the lowest levels since September 2020 (according to Public Health Wales, 378 new coronavirus cases were reported in Wales on 16 February, the lowest figure since 317 cases on 27 September).

Yet on 1 February, Eluned Morgan, the Welsh Government's mental health and wellbeing minister, had said fitness facilities and swimming pools were "crucial" for the nation's health.

"When we do re-open, gyms will be one of the first things we consider," she had said.

Drakeford said the decision to go back on that pledge was due to "new guidance" provided by the Welsh government's scientific advisors.

The U-turn has infuriated the country's physical activity operators, who have accused Drakeford and his government of misrepresentation and an "inconsistent and erratic" approach.

Huw Edwards, CEO of industry body ukactive, said: "Unfortunately, we need to address the inconsistent statements made by the Welsh First Minister regarding the safety of gyms, pools and leisure centres.

"ukactive helped develop the guidance for the re-opening of gyms, pools, and leisure centres with the Welsh Government, and this was informed by a range of scientific and technical experts, including SAGE and TAG.

"Our sector is an open book and these measures have proven to be effective, making the sector ‘COVID-secure’ once it reopened. Up to 20 December, among facilities sharing data, there had been over 1.8 million visits since reopening in Wales, with a case rate of just 2.06 cases per 100,000 visits.

"We have received no new scientific evidence or rationale behind the statements made by the First Minister. These are particularly troubling and inconsistent given he has referred to concerns over the ‘Kent variant’ linked to gyms, yet there are no proposed changes to social distancing or wider restrictions to the population as a whole.

"Furthermore, there has been no published evidence that the new variant – while more transmissible – travels further, remains suspended longer, or is present in greater quantities in expired air compared with the original COVID-19 virus.

"If the First Minister’s proposals were consistent with the concerns regarding the Kent variant, then sectors which require close human contact would pose the greater risk, and not sectors where social distancing is fully integrated.

"We urge all leaders to make evidence-based statements about the cleanliness and safety of gyms and leisure centres, and we ask the First Minister and the Welsh Government to address these inconsistencies.

"We will work with the Welsh Government to address these inconsistencies and have offered the sector’s full scientific and technical expertise to avoid these unnecessary misrepresentations of a sector that is essential for the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the people of Wales."

What did Mark Drakeford say?

Speaking at a press conference on 19 February, Drakeford said the following:

"Since the Eluned Morgan pointed to the mental health advantages of people being able to use gyms – and she's the mental health government in government – we've now had this further advice from our technical advisory group.

"Their anxiety is that the Kent variant, which is so much more transmissible, so much more infectious, than the original form of coronavirus, that that may make gyms particularly vulnerable to being places (sic) where the virus is spread.

"So I don't anticipate that we will see gyms reopening – certainly not in the next three weeks.

"But the evidence will accumulate over the weeks ahead as we gradually allow more things to happen.

"Whether or not allowing people to get together, with the new Kent variant, will lead to the virus coming back (sic) at a very quick rate. If it doesn't, then the technical advisory group will revisit its advice and we will see what might be able to be done.

"I acknowledge everything that Eluned said about exercise, leisure centres and gyms – it isn't just physical fitness, it's mental wellbeing as well."


Drakeford – a former university lecturer – also mentioned a need for "better evidence" in relation to gyms reopening, but failed to articulate what evidence he was referring to and how this new evidence would "emerge" if gyms remained closed.

"At the moment the advice is that we must be precautionary and we mustn't put that (gyms reopening) at the front of the queue and therefore we will not be able to do that until better evidence emerges," he said.
PRODUCT NEWS
How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Indigo Fitness partners with human performance specialist to launch bespoke corporate fitness services to improve staff mental and physical health
As the government looks into ways to stem the rising tide of health problems caused by physical inactivity, a sports performance specialist has launched a service aimed at helping improve the nation’s wellbeing while boosting business performance.
Strengthening your mind...one work out at a time
There’s nothing quite like discovering a product that creates a huge impact in our life. After all, isn’t that what we’re all searching for?
InBody UK announced as new NHS supply chain provider
With the current pandemic and the nation becoming more focused on their own health, InBody is proud to announce it’s achieved approval to offer its medically graded body composition analysis products through the NHS supply chain.
Safe Space appointed official SUITMATE distributor for Great Britain
Safe Space, supplier of lockers and changing room solutions to the fitness and leisure industry, has been named official distributor for SUITMATE, the swimsuit water extractor.
Myzone launches daily online family PE lessons
Repair, recover and rejuvenate with Power Plate Pulse
Power Plate Pulse is a powerful yet whisper-quiet handheld targeted vibration product, designed to help users prepare for workouts faster and recover quicker.
Pulse Fitness’ Classic Strength Line offers a stripped back aesthetic
Bringing strength equipment back to basics, Pulse Fitness has launched a Classic Strength Line which includes 15 stations of selectorised strength machines.
Precor launches member-focused Preva Mobile app
Precor has launched a mobile app to accompany its popular networked fitness solution, Preva, which has so far recorded almost a billion workouts in more than 11,000 facilities worldwide.
Inspace Fitness launches new brand and online channels
Fitness start-up, Inspace, has revealed plans to launch a new brand, website and social channels.
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors.
The Retention People unveil 2020 Member Experience Awards winners
Member engagement software provider The Retention People (TRP) has unveiled the winners of its annual 2020 Member Experience Awards (MEA).
+ More products  
LATEST JOBS
Fitness Consultant
Wakefield Council
Salary: £20,092 to £21,748, grade 5
Job location: Featherstone Sports Complex, Pontefract , United Kingdom
Exercise Referral Instructor
Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre, Aylesbury , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Swan Pool & Leisure Centre, Buckingham , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Wickford Swim and Sports Centre, Wickford , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Eversley Leisure Centre , United Kingdom
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
Technogym

Technogym provides a complete range of best-in-class cardiovascular, strength and functional equip [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

CPASE creates unforgettable luxury member experience at new boutique club with Technogym
Technogym has equipped Clare Stobart's new boutique health club – CPASE. Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

26-28 Feb 2021

SCW Live Stream MANIA

Online, United States
13-14 Mar 2021

The Way Forward, An Esalen Digital Summit

Virtual , United States
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
HCM
LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES
HEALTH CLUB HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2021
Jobs   News   Products   Magazine
PRODUCT NEWS
Welsh gym operators furious over Welsh government's u-turn in gym reopening - ukactive issues challenge
22 Feb 2021 . BY Tom Walker
First Minister Mark Drakeford said gyms wouldn't be able to open until 'better evidence emerges' - but didn't explain what that might be / Shutterstock/ComposedPix
The re-opening of gyms in Wales has been pushed back by the country's First Minister – just two weeks after one of his ministers promised that health clubs and leisure centres would be among the first businesses allowed to reopen.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said that very strict rules for exercise would stay in place for the foreseeable future, despite Wales' COVID-19 rates being at the lowest levels since September 2020 (according to Public Health Wales, 378 new coronavirus cases were reported in Wales on 16 February, the lowest figure since 317 cases on 27 September).

Yet on 1 February, Eluned Morgan, the Welsh Government's mental health and wellbeing minister, had said fitness facilities and swimming pools were "crucial" for the nation's health.

"When we do re-open, gyms will be one of the first things we consider," she had said.

Drakeford said the decision to go back on that pledge was due to "new guidance" provided by the Welsh government's scientific advisors.

The U-turn has infuriated the country's physical activity operators, who have accused Drakeford and his government of misrepresentation and an "inconsistent and erratic" approach.

Huw Edwards, CEO of industry body ukactive, said: "Unfortunately, we need to address the inconsistent statements made by the Welsh First Minister regarding the safety of gyms, pools and leisure centres.

"ukactive helped develop the guidance for the re-opening of gyms, pools, and leisure centres with the Welsh Government, and this was informed by a range of scientific and technical experts, including SAGE and TAG.

"Our sector is an open book and these measures have proven to be effective, making the sector ‘COVID-secure’ once it reopened. Up to 20 December, among facilities sharing data, there had been over 1.8 million visits since reopening in Wales, with a case rate of just 2.06 cases per 100,000 visits.

"We have received no new scientific evidence or rationale behind the statements made by the First Minister. These are particularly troubling and inconsistent given he has referred to concerns over the ‘Kent variant’ linked to gyms, yet there are no proposed changes to social distancing or wider restrictions to the population as a whole.

"Furthermore, there has been no published evidence that the new variant – while more transmissible – travels further, remains suspended longer, or is present in greater quantities in expired air compared with the original COVID-19 virus.

"If the First Minister’s proposals were consistent with the concerns regarding the Kent variant, then sectors which require close human contact would pose the greater risk, and not sectors where social distancing is fully integrated.

"We urge all leaders to make evidence-based statements about the cleanliness and safety of gyms and leisure centres, and we ask the First Minister and the Welsh Government to address these inconsistencies.

"We will work with the Welsh Government to address these inconsistencies and have offered the sector’s full scientific and technical expertise to avoid these unnecessary misrepresentations of a sector that is essential for the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the people of Wales."

What did Mark Drakeford say?

Speaking at a press conference on 19 February, Drakeford said the following:

"Since the Eluned Morgan pointed to the mental health advantages of people being able to use gyms – and she's the mental health government in government – we've now had this further advice from our technical advisory group.

"Their anxiety is that the Kent variant, which is so much more transmissible, so much more infectious, than the original form of coronavirus, that that may make gyms particularly vulnerable to being places (sic) where the virus is spread.

"So I don't anticipate that we will see gyms reopening – certainly not in the next three weeks.

"But the evidence will accumulate over the weeks ahead as we gradually allow more things to happen.

"Whether or not allowing people to get together, with the new Kent variant, will lead to the virus coming back (sic) at a very quick rate. If it doesn't, then the technical advisory group will revisit its advice and we will see what might be able to be done.

"I acknowledge everything that Eluned said about exercise, leisure centres and gyms – it isn't just physical fitness, it's mental wellbeing as well."


Drakeford – a former university lecturer – also mentioned a need for "better evidence" in relation to gyms reopening, but failed to articulate what evidence he was referring to and how this new evidence would "emerge" if gyms remained closed.

"At the moment the advice is that we must be precautionary and we mustn't put that (gyms reopening) at the front of the queue and therefore we will not be able to do that until better evidence emerges," he said.
PRODUCT NEWS
How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Indigo Fitness partners with human performance specialist to launch bespoke corporate fitness services to improve staff mental and physical health
As the government looks into ways to stem the rising tide of health problems caused by physical inactivity, a sports performance specialist has launched a service aimed at helping improve the nation’s wellbeing while boosting business performance.
Strengthening your mind...one work out at a time
There’s nothing quite like discovering a product that creates a huge impact in our life. After all, isn’t that what we’re all searching for?
InBody UK announced as new NHS supply chain provider
With the current pandemic and the nation becoming more focused on their own health, InBody is proud to announce it’s achieved approval to offer its medically graded body composition analysis products through the NHS supply chain.
Safe Space appointed official SUITMATE distributor for Great Britain
Safe Space, supplier of lockers and changing room solutions to the fitness and leisure industry, has been named official distributor for SUITMATE, the swimsuit water extractor.
Myzone launches daily online family PE lessons
Repair, recover and rejuvenate with Power Plate Pulse
Power Plate Pulse is a powerful yet whisper-quiet handheld targeted vibration product, designed to help users prepare for workouts faster and recover quicker.
Pulse Fitness’ Classic Strength Line offers a stripped back aesthetic
Bringing strength equipment back to basics, Pulse Fitness has launched a Classic Strength Line which includes 15 stations of selectorised strength machines.
Precor launches member-focused Preva Mobile app
Precor has launched a mobile app to accompany its popular networked fitness solution, Preva, which has so far recorded almost a billion workouts in more than 11,000 facilities worldwide.
Inspace Fitness launches new brand and online channels
Fitness start-up, Inspace, has revealed plans to launch a new brand, website and social channels.
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors.
The Retention People unveil 2020 Member Experience Awards winners
Member engagement software provider The Retention People (TRP) has unveiled the winners of its annual 2020 Member Experience Awards (MEA).
+ More products   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Technogym

Technogym provides a complete range of best-in-class cardiovascular, strength and functional equip [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

CPASE creates unforgettable luxury member experience at new boutique club with Technogym
Technogym has equipped Clare Stobart's new boutique health club – CPASE. Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

26-28 Feb 2021

SCW Live Stream MANIA

Online, United States
13-14 Mar 2021

The Way Forward, An Esalen Digital Summit

Virtual , United States
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2021

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS