WOMEN used to hitting the gym fear for their safety as leisure and fitness centres are shut during England's second lockdown.
About 56 million people in England have been hit by the new lockdown, with the public weary of restrictions and fearing for livelihoods.
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Where can I exercise in England's second lockdown?
England's renewed stay-at-home restrictions and business closures came into force on Thursday, November 5, and are set to last for four weeks until December 2.
The government says that people must not leave or be outside of their home except for specific purposes.
We are allowed to exercise outside in public places including neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, the countryside, public gardens and grounds.
However, as all leisure facilities are shut during the second lockdown, you can't head for your nearest pool or gym.
So, people in England will have to brave the cold to stay fit for the next four weeks.
That's because all indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys will be shut – as well as golf courses and driving ranges.
Dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing centres, shooting ranges, and theme parks will also close their doors for four weeks.
And, controversially, "despite the LTA and tennis community making a strong case to Government" the new restrictions "mean that tennis activity in England is not permitted".
An unimpressed Jade Azim, who founded Women in Political Data, tweeted: "Something that won’t get enough attention in a winter lockdown: women will not have the freedom to follow encouragement of outdoor activities if they can only do it after a workday.
"It is now dark and unsafe. A rather rancid gender gap will be very obvious – to women, anyway."
How far can I travel to exercise in second lockdown?
Unlike the first lockdown in March, there is no time limit on the outdoor exercise Brits are allowed to do.
The official guidance states that exercise should be done locally wherever possible – preferably in your neighbourhood.
But you can travel to exercise if needed.
This means if you must travel to access an open space, you can do so, within reason.
As far as travelling to beauty spots goes, you should not do to unless one is very close to your home.
Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?
You don't have to wear a face covering during exercise.
When around other people, stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble.
Where this is not possible, stay one metre apart with extra precautions, for example wearing a face covering.
Can I exercise with a friend?
You can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.
If you are by yourself you can also meet up with one person from another household in an outdoor public space, either to socialise or for exercise.
The government says you can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:
- The people you live with
- Your support bubble
- Or, when on your own, one person from another household
- Children under five, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside
If you are travelling to exercise with someone from another household you must not travel together, the guidance adds.
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