Laura Sharman 06 January 2021

Calls for 'credible plan' to keep people active during lockdown

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The Government has been urged to create a 'credible plan' to help people stay active during the winter.

Ukactive warns solutions must be found to minimise the damaging impact lockdown has on the physical and mental wellbeing of people across the UK.

It argues that millions of people rely on COVID-secure facilities to stay active, and the Government can now wait until the vaccine rollout is advanced before acting.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: 'Operators of all sizes across the UK are sounding the alarm that their businesses are unsustainable and facing substantial job losses if they are forced to close again without a comprehensive package of tailored financial and regulatory support. Therefore, they must be prioritised and protected or we risk widespread business failure that will have major health impacts for a generation.

'We remain fully committed to work with the UK governments on solutions to help people stay active during the depths of winter – in particular, groups who rely on indoor facilities for safe and supported exercise, such as people from lower-income groups, women, and patients undergoing rehabilitation from long-term health conditions. We have found solutions working with the governments at every stage of this crisis, and must do so again now.'

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