Can gym classes continue under the new ‘rule of six’ ban on indoor sports?


Boris Johnson extended the ‘rule of six’ to indoor sports (Picture: Getty Images)

A new batch of lockdown restrictions were introduced this week including a nationwide 10pm curfew on hospitality businesses and stricter rules on face coverings.

The new rules have been implemented to help avoid a second national lockdown and to suppress the spread of the virus.

When announcing the new rules, Boris Johnson also said that adults’ indoor team sports would no longer be exempt from the ‘rule of six’.

But what does this mean for gym classes like Zumba and spin?

Can gym classes continue?

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Gym classes can continue under the new rule change, so long as all participants are socially distanced throughout.

The official guidelines state: ‘Organised indoor sport or exercise classes can take place in larger numbers, provided groups of more than 6 do not mix.’

Yes, you can still go to your gym class (Picture: Getty Images)

A spokesperson from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport confirmed to Huffington Post, that exercise classes can continue with more than six attendees, providing social distancing is possible.

Supervised sports activities for children are also exempt from the rule of six.

Are gyms still open?

Gyms are allowed remain open under lockdown restrictions.

The ‘rule of six’ applies to social gatherings, and gyms qualify as workplaces and businesses, so they don’t have to close or restrict visitors to six.

But while gyms can hold more than six people at a time, groups of more than six people should not visit the gym together, mix socially or form larger groups.

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