Access to gyms and swimming pools

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

A constituent has raised with me an issue with changes brought in at their local borough gym, which restrict swimming slots to 45 minutes, without an equivalent reduction in price. Given the need to keep Londoners healthy after multiple lockdowns, do you support exercise facilities safely removing these expensive restrictions?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The use of public leisure facilities, including programming and pricing, is the responsibility of the boroughs and does not fall under my remit as Mayor.

The pandemic has had an adverse effect on all Londoners, but restrictions have only served to exacerbate the challenges faced by some of our most vulnerable citizens in leading or maintaining an active life. I believe passionately in the role of sport and physical activity in people’s resilience and positive mental health. Through my community sport investment programme, Sport Unites, I am committed to supporting the provision of affordable and accessible engagement in activity for those who need it the most.

However, we must balance this with full consideration of Londoners’ safety, with businesses and services continuing to take the necessary precautions, including social distancing and other limitations, to protect people when they come together. Clearly Covid-19 has not gone away, and we all have a vital part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe through the winter and beyond.