Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, has called for the Government to reverse their decision to close gyms as part of the Very High tier of local lockdown restrictions, unless they can provide proof that gyms and leisure centres pose a significant risk of spreading Covid-19.
The call for evidence comes after Lancashire was placed into the same Very High tier as the Liverpool City Region, however gyms and leisure centres in Lancashire are allowed to remain open.
The Government has come under fire for implementing a Tier 3a and Tier 3b system, when putting regions into Medium, High or Very High categories – something that was meant to simplify the rules.
In a tweet directed at the Government, Mr Rotheram said:
“ We've written to them asking them to release proof that gyms significantly contribute to the spread of Coronavirus.
If they cannot provide the proof, they need to allow our gyms to reopen again ASAP.”
With a picture below explaining what they want from Government.
Last week the Government closed gyms and leisure centres across our region.— Steve Rotheram (@MetroMayorSteve) October 19, 2020
We've written to them asking them to release proof that gyms significantly contribute to the spread of Coronavirus.
If they cannot provide the proof, they need to allow our gyms to reopen again ASAP. pic.twitter.com/Tmt0PAs5sz
The Mayor encouraged people to still follow the law until the issue was resolved.