Darlington Physical Health Club calls for support



A GYM official assured the public his facility was coronavirus-safe as he called for support during the pandemic.

Deith Bridges, of the Physique Health Club, Darlington, said the club had lost up to 500 members since last March due to gym closures during various nationwide lockdowns.

And despite news of a positive response from gym goers since it reopened in April, the company is calling more customers to visit and exercise in person.

Deith said: “Without a doubt, the fitness industry has been hit hard over the past year due to the pandemic and like many businesses we have suffered a severe loss of members as they canceled their memberships and found ways to exercise at home.

“There has been a change in the dynamics of the gym industry and a lot of people are nervous about coming back.”

The gymnasium received support from government grants and a time off program, but Deith admitted that business recovery after the lockdown has been slow.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure people are safe and exercising in a safe environment,” he added.

Physique has also joined the government’s Kickstart program which provides funds to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on universal credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

During a visit to the gymnasium on Wednesday, Darlington MP Peter Gibson praised the gymnasium’s security measures and called on his constituents to continue supporting local businesses throughout the pandemic.

Mr. Gibson said: “Physics has invested heavily in the development of a large facility over the past few months with stringent security measures in place.

“There are an incredible number of people and companies making a difference in Darlington.

“We have all suffered from the pandemic and the government has provided incredible support to businesses. They now rely on all of us to come out, use them and spend money in the local economy.



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