Many people finessed their home gym set up during the first lockdown (Picture: Getty)
The new measures – which are subject to Parliamentary approval – will see hospitality venues closed, indoor mixing banned and people told to refrain from non-essential travel either within the UK or abroad.
While No 10 was keen to iterate the country is not entering a lockdown like the one seen in March, many are worried it could feel very similar.
Could gyms close again in England?
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Will gyms close again in England?
It is not yet clear whether or not gyms can remain open, however, the PM said that ‘leisure’ venues must close, so the prognosis is not promising.
Meanwhile, gym chain, The Gym Group, told concerned users on Twitter that it ‘looks like’ they will close on Thursday.
Stating the new ‘stay at home’ order which England is now required to follow, he said people can only leave the house for specific reasons, such as education, or work if you ‘cannot work from home.’
Mr Johnson said people can also leave the house ‘for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with one person from another household, for medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm, to shop for food and essentials, and to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.’
He continued: ‘I’m afraid non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will all be closed – though click and collect services can continue and essential shops will remain open, so there is no need to stock up.’
Pubs, bars, restaurants must close except for takeaway and delivery services.
Gyms closed for approximately four months earlier this year after they were ordered to shut when the first national lockdown started on March 23.
They reopened on July 25 in England, August 10 in Wales and later again in Scotland, with facilities reopening on August 31.
Northern Ireland, meanwhile, reopened gyms on July 10.
Current rules vary across each nation – they are closed in Wales, while they remain open for individual training – but not classes – in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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