Better has reacted with dismay that the Government's list of exempted activities during the forthcoming lockdown does not include leisure centres.
From 5 November to 2 December, Better's 200 plus leisure centres, gyms and pools (even outdoor ones) will have to close unless there is a change of heart from Government.
Better is the customer brand of leading charitable social enterprise GLL and a member of leisure industry trade association ukactive.
GLL's CEO Mark Sesnan said:
“We have taken all reasonable steps to prevent the spread of the virus in our facilities with one-way systems, enhanced hygiene details, exercise classes relocated from small studios to large sports halls and pre-booked activities to manage customer flows and give an enhanced experience.
"Our Covid secure operations are recognised by the Cabinet Office as the best in the business.
"So the blanket closure is a huge blow for our customers and our business which was just getting back up and running.
"Well-managed leisure settings like ours are not Covid spreaders. In fact, all evidence points to the necessity to keep them open for public heath - including mental health - as we enter another wet and cold winter season when dark parks, play areas and streets are less attractive for outside exercise.
“Keeping the nation fit and well means we can take the pressure off the NHS this winter - which is what we are here for."