Gyms open on the Isle of Man as the island lifts social distancing restrictions – ITV News

Residents on the Isle of Man are now able to use gyms and indoor sports facilities.

The island is the first in the British Isles to end social distancing rules after nearly four weeks without a new case of Covid-19.

From today, people will be able to attend gyms for some indoor classes, such as yoga and Pilates, but not high intensity workouts, such as boxercise and spin classes.

Swimming pools and spa facilities will remain closed until a further review on 18 June.

Changes to outdoor sports will also come into effect and allow a group of up to 30 people to play contact sports and share equipment – with competitions and fixtures also allowed.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: “Due to the efforts of our community to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the chance to end social distancing is a fantastic day for the Isle of Man. Physical health boosts wellbeing and the return of indoor facilities, including many at the NSC, and outdoor team sports is excellent news for the people of our Island.”


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