Gyms to close as part of second lockdown rules as Brits told to exercise outside

Gyms will shut as part of Boris Johnson's new second national lockdown for England, which is set to last four weeks.

Exercising with others outside your own bubble will also be banned, putting a stop to grassroots football but the Premier League can continue.

People in England will be banned from mixing with other households from 12.01am on Thursday, November 5 until Wednesday, December 2.

Unlike the first national lockdown in spring which had no initial end date, parks and playgrounds will remain open for unlimited daily exercise.

Exercise and recreation outdoors will be restricted to your own household or bubble, or on your own with one person from another household or bubble.

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Non-professional sports clubs and competitions are to be put on held throughout November but because elite sport – including the Premier League – already has coronavirus safety measures in place, it can continue.

In addition to gyms, it is thought golf clubs will also need to shut too.

Boris Johnson made the announcement on Saturday evening after details of a second lockdown were leaked.

When the period of national business closures is set to end on December 2, the government seek to ease the new restrictions on a local and regional basis, according to the latest data and trends at the time.

The lockdown will be subject to a debate and a vote in the House of Commons, likely to take place on Wednesday.

It's understood Boris Johnson spoke to Keir Starmer and the Commons Speaker this afternoon.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have taken their own steps.

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