MPs to debate petitions relating to Covid-19 restrictions on gyms and sport
18 November 2020
On Monday 23 November, MPs will debate petitions relating to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on gyms and sport.
- Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 23 November)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #GymsAndSportDebate
The debate will be led by Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and a Minister from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will respond on behalf of the Government.
Prevent gyms closing due to a spike in Covid-19 cases
The petition, which has more than 609,000 signatures, states: “In the event of a spike we would like you not to close gyms as a measure to stop any spread of Covid. Also for gyms to not be put in the same group as pubs in terms of risk or importance. Gyms are following strict guidelines and most members are following rules in a sober manner.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “Sports and physical activity facilities are crucial for adults and children to stay active. The Government’s phased approach is based on scientific and medical advice to protect public health.”
Exempt golf courses from the list of venues required to close due to Covid-19
The petition, which has more than 257,000 signatures, states: “Isolation essential to the Government’s strategy for fighting coronavirus, and UK citizens must remain healthy and exercise whilst keeping adequate distance between people. The Government should allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely.”
The Government has not yet responded to this petition.
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.