Opening gyms sooner to boost physical and mental health


Victorians’ physical and mental health will receive a much-needed boost under the Victorian Liberal Nationals’ positive plan to Reopen, Recover and Rebuild our state.

Throughout Victoria’s six devastating lockdowns, gyms have been subjected to additional restrictions more than other businesses and forced to stay in lockdown for longer.

Under the Victorian Liberal Nationals’ positive plan, all Victorian gyms will be allowed to reopen indoor facilities under a 1 person per 4 square metre rule and conduct group classes of up to 20 people.

These limits will be applied once Victoria reaches the key National Cabinet 70 per cent vaccination threshold and mirror arrangements currently in operation in New South Wales.

In contrast, under Labor’s current roadmap, gyms will be restricted to outdoor only operations at this vaccination level – a completely unviable option.  

Physical activity is so important to our wellbeing and mental health, and gyms across Victoria must not be unfairly held back yet again.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Our common-sense plan will get gyms safely open sooner so we can start to rebuild our physical and mental health.

“Melburnians have been locked down for longer than anyone in the world. We need a new plan to reopen gyms and get active again.  

“Safely reopening gyms will bring back thousands of jobs and support Victoria’s recovery out of COVID-19.”

Comments attributable to Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan:

“As we reopen, recover and rebuild, a crucial part of restoring Victorians’ physical and mental health will be getting back into our normal exercise routine.

“Adopting sensible, safe density limits will mean gyms, Pilates and yoga studios and dance classes can restart sooner, creating jobs and supporting the revival of an industry on its knees.”

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