Gyms to reopen brings joy to students

by Abigail Beresford

Gyms are set to reopen on April 12 in England, as part of the Prime Minister’s roadmap to lead the nation out of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Prime Minister led an announcement yesterday (Feb22) to Parliament, setting out the new plans of easing the lockdown, to pave the nation towards normality once again.

Due to previous restrictions, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre in Leicester had to close its doors to members, despite plans to reopen its doors again in the early new year.

With hopes for gyms reopening on April 12, and recreational sport to recommence as of March 8, there is a glimmer of hope that the nation is slowly moving back to a sense of normality.

“I really struggled throughout the lockdown period without sport and the gym. It was always a stress relief for me, and without it I just found myself getting more and more stressed out,” said De Montfort University student Billy Johnson, 20.

“The news today really did boost my mood today. It’s always great to have something to look forward to, and this is it for me.”

To keep students and other gym users engaged, the QEII gym has been streaming live fitness sessions on their Facebook page by fitness instructors, leading sessions that include yoga, Pilates, boxercise and many other sessions.

“I attend some of these classes regularly or look back on old sessions that I’ve enjoyed. It’s great that they’re easy to access – it’s really given me something to do over such a long period of time where I’ve been able to do nothing,” added Johnson.

To get involved and to keep up to date on information, visit the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre’s Facebook page on

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