Photo credits to Grenade.

Protestors bring tank to UK Parliament to fight against gym closures during lockdown

News 06/11/2020

You read that headline right! Protestors have brought a tank to the Houses of Parliament in London to campaign against gym closures across the country as part of the new national lockdown in England until 2nd December.

Many people felt that gyms who remain open due to the health benefits they offer, and sports nutrition company Grenade has let its support be known with a tank and started a hashtag trend with #KeepGymsOpen. Thankfully, they didn't arm the protestors with live grenades...

Check out the video below:

Ex-England rugby player James Haskell has also joined the protest.

Grenade explained the rationale that "this isn't just 'another sector'".

"It directly supports our health and mental and physical wellbeing - the latter particularly important with mental health charity Mind detailing it could well be 'the greatest test of our mental health this year'.

They say that with fitness well documented for its restorative effects in reducing stress, anxiety and depression, they believe that it's imperative that "people can continue to exercise regularly over the winter months".

However, the lockdown does not restrict people to exercise outdoors, and unlike the previous lockdown rules, people are allowed to exercise with one person from another household.

In the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked by Bracknell MP James Sunderland if sporting venues that could observe social distancing, such as golf courses, might be exempted from the rules.

Johnson responded, "I must apologise to my honourable friend for not being able to offer the house a huge list of exemptions to the rules we've set out.

"Because once you unpick at one thing, alas, the effectiveness of the whole package is compromised.

"That's why I want everyone to work together for the next four weeks to get the R rate under control so that we can open things up again in time for December."