Updated: Nov 10, 2020
For those of you that don't know, the UK is being placed in its second lockdown, commencing the 5th of November. Only this time, it feels different, there is clear resistance.
Back in March, none of us knew what on Earth was going on, it felt like the end of the World. There was images of bodies in the streets in China and we were all fairly certain we were all going to die of COVID-19. So, not just jiu-jitsu gyms closed, everywhere did. Over the months that passed things began to reopen. One thing that was evidently clear was that people needed exercise. As we all know, physical health and mental health go hand in hand. The second I step off the Jiu-Jitsu mats after a hard session, I feel like a brand new man. The same applies to sports practitioners and exercise fiends all over the World.
Remember when we could stand this close to each other?
This time round, along with a healthy dose of skepticism I am seeing huge campaign on social media to keep gyms open. Something which I wholeheartedly support. There are also whispers of Jiu-Jitsu gyms resisting the lockdown, stating cases for remaining open to support physical and mental health, and also claiming that actually, Coronavirus hasn't quite been as bad as we may have once thought.
Photo courtesy of @attacktheback 's campaign to keep our gyms open
I have many, many thoughts and ideas on this that seem to change day to day. My question is, what are yours? I think in a Covid compliant manner, regular gyms, martial arts gyms, indoor climbing walls, skateparks, snow centres (plenty of personal bias in that list) should be allowed to stay open.
Being able to exercise and move your body, indoors and outdoors will be key to fending off the potential doom and gloom we are all facing in all other aspects of our life. Please don't take our gyms.