Recognise gyms (and fitness classes) as an essential business in Tier 4/5/6...

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Liverpool, Merseyside & South Yorkshire have all been successful in recently changing guidance about gyms and fitness classes during Tier 3 restrictions.  The local Mayors, MPs, and local governments have all recognised the critical impact organised fitness has on mental and physical wellbeing.

"I recognise the huge physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits that gyms and gym classes provide. That’s why I have successfully pushed government to reconsider the decision on gym classes – in line with Tier 3 restrictions elsewhere."

Dan Jarvis (Mayor of South Yorkshire)

This petition is preventative (like fitness) to ensure that should further restrictions be put in place, gym and fitness classes will remain open as an essential business.  During Covid-19, mental health has been impacted at an all time high, putting more pressure on the NHS.

Facts about fitness and Covid-19

We have looked at the numbers in depth, and feel gym’s should be supported in fighting against COVID, obesity, mental health and many other conditions and diseases. I would like to draw your attention to the facts and evidence that has lead us to this decision and what the Government should be looking at:

UKActive published this study - https://www.ukactive.com/.../fitness-and-leisure-sector.../

. 22,000,000 (22 million) gym visits resulted in a mere 78 Covid cases

Uk gyms showing just 0.35 cases per 100,000 visits

Then we have the latest (unpublished study) since the increase in positive tests https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-54464470

Gyms are still only showing 1.7% percent of cases, in comparison to restaurants which have a rate of 9.6% cases and are allowed to be open under tier 3 restrictions. This rate is also exceptionally low.

Mental health - the gym helps so many people with their mental health daily.

Male suicide is now at an all time high - https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3431

Data published by the Office for National Statistics on 1 September showed that in 2019 the suicide rate among men and boys was 16.9 deaths per 100 000, the highest since 2000 and slightly above the 2018 rate of 16.2 per 100 000. The suicide rate among women and girls was 5.3 deaths per 100 000 in 2019, up from 5.0 per 100 000 in 2018 and the highest since 2004.

Overall, 5691 suicides (4303 in men and boys) were registered in England and Wales in 2019, giving an age standardised rate of 11 deaths per 100 000 people. A total of 5420 were registered in 2018 (10.5 per 100 000).

Further supported by this https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article/113/10/707/5857612 which discusses suicide, mental health and COVID.

Please recognise that our mental and physical health must be protected during pandemic times and keep our fitness facilities in the UK open at all times.