A popular Derby health club has installed new outdoor spaces so that it can safely resume fitness classes and personal training sessions for its members.
The David Lloyd Health Club on Riverside Road, Pride Park, Derby, has started running outdoor fitness classes and reopened its outdoor swimming pool from Monday March 29, in line with the easing of government restrictions .
For the first time in 12 weeks, people across England will no longer be told to ‘stay home’, with limited contact between different households in groups of six being allowed.
Places where this can take place include recreation centers with outdoor facilities.
Derbyshire Live spoke to David Lloyd Derby about how he has prepared to reopen and the facilities open to its members.
A spokesperson for the health club said: “So as of today (March 29) the outdoor pool is open again. Members can get ready for the beach and change quickly on the shore. of the swimming pool.
âWe had a queue of people wanting to come in at 7 am this morning. We also have a marquee in the parking lot for group exercise classes and the tennis courts are also open.
âWe also have space for personal training sessions outdoors.
âAll government guidelines are followed here and staff and members wear masks as they walk through buildings to the swimming pool.
âWe want to re-engage with our members quickly to get people back in shape, which will have a big impact on their mental health.
“We have a cleanup program in place and we make sure to keep our distance. It’s great to have people back here.”
Indoor site facilities, such as changing rooms, remain closed to visitors, while restrictions currently only allow outdoor activities.
David Lloyd Derby is hoping to resume indoor activities and reopen his gym space on April 12 – the next step in the government’s plan to ease restrictions.
Regarding the first step in easing restrictions since the re-imposition of containment in January 2021, the government website specifies: âYou must not mix inside except with your home or your support bubble. You can meet outdoors, including in the gardens, in a group of six people. or two households.
âOutdoor sports facilities may open, such as tennis or basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools. Parent and child groups can take place outdoors in public spaces.
âYou can exercise outdoors in a group of 6 or with another household. Larger groups can also participate in officially organized outdoor sports. “