GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
HID Global
HID Global
HID Global
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Still ‘too dangerous’ to reopen UK spas, says Boris Johnson

UK spas will continue to remain closed until further notice, following an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (23 June 2020).

There were already signs the government was rowing back on reopening the sector, as leaks and briefings which – days earlier – had mentioned gyms and spas, began to have these removed from around mid-day yesterday.

Johnson laid out the government’s plans to ease lockdown in parliament this afternoon where he outlined that the alert level has been downgraded from level four to level three and that the two-metre social distancing rule will be eased to one-metre plus as of 4 July.

Facilities permitted to reopen will include restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, campsites, visitor attractions, playgrounds, cinemas, libraries and community centres.

On the list deemed still too dangerous to reopen by government scientists are spas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, waterparks and nightclubs.

Johnson gave no definitive date of when spas will be allowed to reopen but instead said that the government will offer support to the sector to prepare for reopening, saying: "We’ll establish task forces to work with these sectors to help them become COVID-secure and allow them to reopen".

Following the announcement, culture minister, Oliver Dowden, tweeted that gyms are actually working towards opening in mid-July.

As spas were being mentioned in the same space as gyms by Johnson, this could hint both types of facilities may be working on a similar timescale for re-opening, however the government has not confirmed or responded to Dowden's tweet, leaving speculating surrounding the plan moving forward.

Johnson did reveal that hair salons will be allowed to reopen on 4 July as long as staff wear visors.

"We intend to allow some other close contact services such as nail bars to reopen as soon as we can when we’re confident that they can operate in a COVID-secure way,” he said.

According to the UK Spa Association’s (UKSA) recent survey findings, the spa industry urgently needs government guidance about reopening.

Although progress has been made, the industry is still unclear as to what it should be demanding of consumers and staff alike, in order to welcome guests back safely.

The UKSA warns there's a danger amid this confusion for individual spa businesses to interpret things for themselves, which could lead to inconsistency across spas, consumer confusion, and ultimately industry reputational damage.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
UK spas will continue to remain closed until further notice, following an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today.
SAB,CPW,CAS,WCM
2020/THUMB345759_706657_501294.jpg
Latest News
Resistance training is just as beneficial for men and women over the age of 50, ...
Latest News
Fitness, sport and leisure sector professionals who have continued to deliver services to their communities ...
Latest News
A national survey has launched to chart the mental health of the fitness and physical ...
Latest News
One of England's highest ranking police officers has called on government ministers to clearly define ...
Latest News
Virtuagym, a leading provider of fitness technology for gyms and trainers, has announced the launch ...
Latest News
Fitness First has launched a new free digital fitness hub, offering users a wide range ...
Latest News
The Gym Group has brought in Rio Ferdinand and Wais Shaifta as non-executive directors, signalling ...
Latest News
As the global vaccine rollout brings reopening closer and heralds the end of lockdowns, jostling ...
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym introduced live and on-demand functionality to Mywellness in July. Here we find out more about operators who have adopted this solution
HCM Magazine
Letters
Power Plate UK's Davide Ferreira and Stuart Stokes from ReferAll write to HCM
HCM Magazine
Butt, bottom, booty, bum – whatever you call it, working the backside is a vital part of the balance, power and wellbeing equation and has been ignored for too long, as Tom Tawell reports
HCM Magazine
HCM People
I’ve been in the industry for a decade and it’s the first time I’ve seen it truly unified from the top to the bottom
HCM Magazine
Opinion
Steve Ward celebrates the transformational energy being unleashed in the fitness industry by the pandemic
HCM Magazine
The great debate
Given its support for the NHS, should the fitness industry be classified as an essential service, and if so, how do we get the sector reclassified? Kath Hudson asks industry leaders for their views
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Andy Hall, COO of data and tech solutions brand, Volution, looks at the trends we can expect to see emerging in the global fitness market in 2021
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Nu Physio and Fitness has placed Egym at the heart of its protection and prevention model
HCM magazine
High quality user experience and good value for the operator. This is the winning formula behind an expanding Physical Company product range, says James Anderson
HCM magazine
This was a year when research helped transformed the gym sector into a serious political force. Two pieces of work stand out in terms of timely impact
FREE WEBINAR
promotion
This free webinar on 26 January will see our panellists reflect on the changes to work in 2020, and their priorities for 2021.
Opinion: 2021 is the year to prioritise global culture
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Primal Strength bolsters Scottish expansion with Matrix Fitness distribution win
Matrix Fitness has announced an exclusive partnership with Primal Strength to target an increased strategic focus on the Scottish market.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Pulse Fitness updates iGym London with state-of-the-art technology
Pulse Fitness has recently completed a refurbishment of the fitness facilities at iGym London.
Video Gallery
CPASE creates unforgettable luxury member experience at new boutique club with Technogym
Technogym
Technogym has equipped Clare Stobart's new boutique health club – CPASE. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Wexer
Our mission at Wexer is to make world-class exercise accessible to everyone by harnessing the ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Gympass
On a mission to defeat inactivity, Gympass is a corporate wellness solution that builds mutually ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Powering through
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Software
Volution.fit: Software
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Fitness Software
FunXtion International BV: Fitness Software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
02-04 Feb 2021
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Still ‘too dangerous’ to reopen UK spas, says Boris Johnson

UK spas will continue to remain closed until further notice, following an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (23 June 2020).

There were already signs the government was rowing back on reopening the sector, as leaks and briefings which – days earlier – had mentioned gyms and spas, began to have these removed from around mid-day yesterday.

Johnson laid out the government’s plans to ease lockdown in parliament this afternoon where he outlined that the alert level has been downgraded from level four to level three and that the two-metre social distancing rule will be eased to one-metre plus as of 4 July.

Facilities permitted to reopen will include restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, campsites, visitor attractions, playgrounds, cinemas, libraries and community centres.

On the list deemed still too dangerous to reopen by government scientists are spas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, waterparks and nightclubs.

Johnson gave no definitive date of when spas will be allowed to reopen but instead said that the government will offer support to the sector to prepare for reopening, saying: "We’ll establish task forces to work with these sectors to help them become COVID-secure and allow them to reopen".

Following the announcement, culture minister, Oliver Dowden, tweeted that gyms are actually working towards opening in mid-July.

As spas were being mentioned in the same space as gyms by Johnson, this could hint both types of facilities may be working on a similar timescale for re-opening, however the government has not confirmed or responded to Dowden's tweet, leaving speculating surrounding the plan moving forward.

Johnson did reveal that hair salons will be allowed to reopen on 4 July as long as staff wear visors.

"We intend to allow some other close contact services such as nail bars to reopen as soon as we can when we’re confident that they can operate in a COVID-secure way,” he said.

According to the UK Spa Association’s (UKSA) recent survey findings, the spa industry urgently needs government guidance about reopening.

Although progress has been made, the industry is still unclear as to what it should be demanding of consumers and staff alike, in order to welcome guests back safely.

The UKSA warns there's a danger amid this confusion for individual spa businesses to interpret things for themselves, which could lead to inconsistency across spas, consumer confusion, and ultimately industry reputational damage.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
UK spas will continue to remain closed until further notice, following an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today.
SAB,CPW,CAS,WCM
2020/THUMB345759_706657_501294.jpg

News

Resistance training is just as beneficial for men and women over the age of 50,
Fitness, sport and leisure sector professionals who have continued to deliver services to their communities
A national survey has launched to chart the mental health of the fitness and physical
One of England's highest ranking police officers has called on government ministers to clearly define
Virtuagym, a leading provider of fitness technology for gyms and trainers, has announced the launch
Fitness First has launched a new free digital fitness hub, offering users a wide range
Volution.fit
Volution.fit
Addiction – a word laden with negativity. But isn’t that exactly what the fitness industry
The Gym Group has brought in Rio Ferdinand and Wais Shaifta as non-executive directors, signalling
As the global vaccine rollout brings reopening closer and heralds the end of lockdowns, jostling
Less than half (44.9 per cent) of children and young people in England met the
An England-wide survey of over 5,000 adults found that 80 per cent of people aged
The government needs to provide the fitness and physical activity sector with a plan which
Book4Time, a leading cloud-based business management solution for the global hospitality, spa and wellness industry,
MyZone Group Ltd
MyZone Group Ltd
Core Health & Fitness is proud to have signed an exclusive supplier agreement for the
Some Brits drop their exercise habits, eat unhealthily and drink more alcohol during lockdowns, according
New year, new celeb workout as Mark ‘Bez’ Berry announces the launch of his own
Frasers Group will open three new regional flagship Flannels-branded retail stores during 2021 – each
The closing of gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools under COVID-19 restrictions is costing the
The UK physical activity sector will lose around £400m a month during lockdown. The figure,
HIIT brand 1Rebel has entered the Middle Eastern market for the first time, with the
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited
Matrix Fitness has announced an exclusive partnership with Primal Strength to target an increased strategic
ukactive has called on the UK government to draft a new National Physical Activity Plan
David Lloyd Leisure has become the latest operator to have its auditors flag up the
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
1 - 20 of 11,749
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym introduced live and on-demand functionality to Mywellness in July. Here we find out more about operators who have adopted this solution
HCM Magazine
Letters
Power Plate UK's Davide Ferreira and Stuart Stokes from ReferAll write to HCM
HCM Magazine
Butt, bottom, booty, bum – whatever you call it, working the backside is a vital part of the balance, power and wellbeing equation and has been ignored for too long, as Tom Tawell reports
HCM Magazine
HCM People
I’ve been in the industry for a decade and it’s the first time I’ve seen it truly unified from the top to the bottom
HCM Magazine
Opinion
Steve Ward celebrates the transformational energy being unleashed in the fitness industry by the pandemic
HCM Magazine
The great debate
Given its support for the NHS, should the fitness industry be classified as an essential service, and if so, how do we get the sector reclassified? Kath Hudson asks industry leaders for their views
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Andy Hall, COO of data and tech solutions brand, Volution, looks at the trends we can expect to see emerging in the global fitness market in 2021
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Nu Physio and Fitness has placed Egym at the heart of its protection and prevention model
HCM magazine
High quality user experience and good value for the operator. This is the winning formula behind an expanding Physical Company product range, says James Anderson
HCM magazine
This was a year when research helped transformed the gym sector into a serious political force. Two pieces of work stand out in terms of timely impact
HCM magazine
We’ve stepped off the path this month to bring you a special 2020 review edition of HCM and to propose emerging priorities going forward, as we gird our loins to tackle 2021
HCM magazine
How Virtuagym and Thebodycontent created an ecosystem of fitness within a small community
HCM magazine
Our road map is to manage leisure facilities, developing them into community hubs and ensuring the most in need get the most support
HCM magazine
BMF members were invited to continue paying during first lockdown and an incredible 83 per cent did so, with some paying double to cover others
HCM magazine
New research from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, has established why people who exercise when suffering from cancer generally have better outcomes
HCM magazine
A new study from the Global Wellness Institute highlights the scope of the $121bn mental wellness market, as Katie Barnes and Megan Whitby report
HCM magazine
FREE WEBINAR
promotion
This free webinar on 26 January will see our panellists reflect on the changes to work in 2020, and their priorities for 2021.
Opinion: 2021 is the year to prioritise global culture
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Primal Strength bolsters Scottish expansion with Matrix Fitness distribution win
Matrix Fitness has announced an exclusive partnership with Primal Strength to target an increased strategic focus on the Scottish market.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Pulse Fitness updates iGym London with state-of-the-art technology
Pulse Fitness has recently completed a refurbishment of the fitness facilities at iGym London.
Video Gallery
CPASE creates unforgettable luxury member experience at new boutique club with Technogym
Technogym
Technogym has equipped Clare Stobart's new boutique health club – CPASE. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Wexer
Our mission at Wexer is to make world-class exercise accessible to everyone by harnessing the ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Gympass
On a mission to defeat inactivity, Gympass is a corporate wellness solution that builds mutually ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Powering through
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Software
Volution.fit: Software
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Fitness Software
FunXtion International BV: Fitness Software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
02-04 Feb 2021
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
HID Global
HID Global