Health clubs in Northern Ireland to open on 30 April, group exercise must wait until 24 May

By Tom Walker April 16, 2021

Health clubs and gymnasiums will be able to open their doors for individual training on April 30.

However, as with other home countries, indoor group exercises will have to wait a bit longer – in the case of Northern Ireland, until May 24.

Outdoor competitive sport, meanwhile, will return on April 23.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Arlene Foster, who revealed last night (April 15) plans by the Northern Ireland Executive Office to lift lockdown restrictions across the country.

“As of April 30, individual activities in gyms, swimming pools and other large venues are permitted – including with a caregiver and to enable 1-2-1 training / coaching with social distancing,” Foster said.

“The competitive outdoor sport will return a week earlier (April 23), with the number of participants capped at 100 and no spectators will be allowed.”

Other operators in the leisure sector with a slated reopening date include outdoor tourist attractions – including outdoor activity centers – which can now begin to prepare for an April 23 relaunch date. . Indoor attractions will have to wait until May 24.

Spas and beauty salons are not specifically mentioned in the release, although the British Beauty Council highlighted the reopening of “close contact services” – including training – on April 23 by appointment only as a date potential of interest.

The board said it will update its membership once the guidance is released in full.

Arlene Foster said: “This is a historic day for Northern Ireland as we move firmly and confidently on the road to recovery.

“I am happy and proud that, through our collective efforts, we have reached a point where we have established a good level of control over the virus.”

To see the full statement and reopening dates released by the executive, Click here.

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