Dr Hilary reveals reasons why gyms can't reopen by pubs can on GMB

Dr Hilary Jones has explained why gyms cannot reopen despite pubs being allowed to, following the government’s latest lockdown guidelines.

Appearing on today’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, the 67-year-old answered questions from the public that asked why certain types of businesses can reopen from July 4, but others can’t.

During a segment on the show, the medical expert explained the risks involved with opening gyms compared to the likes of pubs and cinemas.

It comes after PM Boris Johnson announced a host of new lockdown changes during yesterday’s press conference (June 23), where many businesses will be able to reopen their doors to the public next month for the first time since March.

However, this has left a number of people questioning why some places can reopen so soon, but others – that arguably are more important regarding health and happiness – aren’t.

While discussing the government’s latest lockdown decisions, Dr Hilary turned to host Lorraine Kelly and said: “I feel really sorry for reputable gyms.”

He added: “But I’ve seen gyms with 30 spin bikes in a non-ventilated room, with people blowing out explosively, because they are aerobically exercising, droplets of air in an enclosed space.

“Hugely dangerous, wouldn’t touch that kind of place with a barge pole.

“However, there are better gyms with ventilation – guys use barbells, they are doing a chest press, they are breathing hard explosively on to the barbell, they are changing the weights.

“How do we know how easy it is to clean every single weight that goes on to the barbell, and every barbell, it’s really hard in gyms.

“It’s because of the respiratory volume and weight with people exercising in it which makes a gym more dangerous than some other places.”

He went on to also say that why hairdressers and barbers have been allowed to reopen but nail salons haven’t, is because hairdressers are able to wear visors and are, for the most part, not face to face with their client.

And since waxing is more intimate due to the person usually wearing less clothing, he also said that this makes the risk of transmission much higher.

“It’s based on what is estimated to be the risk level, that’s why these rules are in place.” He said.

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