Gym rules: Covid restrictions in fitness centres from 12 April explained - and if you need to wear a mask

Fitness fanatics are finally able to switch their home workout routines for the gym

Thousands of gyms and indoor exercise spaces have reopened from April 12, as England enters step two of its roadmap out of lockdown.

But Boris Johnson has urged the nation to “behave responsibly” as life takes another step towards normality, with swimming pools, nail salons and zoos also welcoming customers back.

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Many of us, who have been feeling a little lazy, have been eagerly anticipating the gym doors to reopen again.

But there are strict rules to follow if you want to work out.

What are the rules in gyms?

People are not required to wear a face mask to exercise, according to government rules.

But some noticeable changes will likely be made - with different gym companies each forming their own similar rules to keep their customers safe.

A man works out in a indoor gym at a reopened sports and fitness centre in Scunthorpe, as coronavirus restrictions are eased after England's third national lockdown on April 12.

Extra sanitising stations and one way systems are likely to be in place, with most gyms asking customers to wipe down equipment after their session.

Some exercise machines are also likely to be restricted from use as part of social distancing rules.

Customers are also likely to have to book onto sessions.

Changing rooms in some gyms will remain open with more cleaning measures in place but most gyms will advise that customers shower and change at home.

Pure Gym has introduced a contactless entry system through its app which allows users to scan a QR code.

Some gyms have also purchased mechanical ventilation systems to pump fresh air around the space.

What other restrictions are changing in England?

From Monday 12 April, non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor hospitality venues like beer gardens will all be allowed to open.

Other outdoor attractions, such as zoos and theme parks, can reopen, however social distancing rules will still apply in order to prevent mixing between different households.

Gyms and swimming pools will also reopen for the use of people on their own or in household groups.

Up to 30 people will be able to attend a funeral, and the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will increase from six to 15.

Outdoor sporting facilities such as tennis and basketball courts will be able to reopen, with organised adult and children’s sports, including grassroots football, also permitted to resume.

Overseas travel remains banned and people are still being asked to work from home where possible.