The government has announced a 1 billion support package to help hospitality and leisure businesses most affected by the Omicron variants. In an open letter by ten fitness boutique operators, they have urged the government to include the fitness sector. Lisa Wainwright, CEO of Sport & Recreation Alliance, likewise argued that community-based sport and recreation are essential to supporting physical and mental health.
The open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson was signed by the CEOs of ten London-based operators, including Core Collective and Boom Cycle, who recommended directives. These included financial support by way of grants, an extension of the moratorium of forfeiture for tenants, a reduction in the VAT level, and the re-introduction of the flex-furlough scheme.
Along with the Sport & Recreation Alliance, they have called for the fitness sector to be considered a key industry for relieving the burden on the NHS by keeping people healthy and active. Whilst the period has been filled with uncertainty, it has become clear that physical activity is a strong factor in reducing the impact of the pandemic.
Lisa Wainwright added:
“Millions of people across the country rely on these clubs and facilities to stay fit and healthy, especially in these long winter months which can be so challenging for so many people. The Chancellor has missed an important opportunity to help people live healthier lives.”
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