About 2,800 gymnasiums and other fitness facilities could close by mid-June unless the government steps in with additional help, the industry trade body has warned.
Gyms and recreation centers are struggling to pay rent and overhead and are not getting any money after being forced to close by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
This means that about 100,000 jobs could be lost over the next 11 weeks, said Ukactive.
“Our country’s gymnasiums and recreation centers form the fabric of our society, contributing £ 7.7 billion to the economy each year and employing one of the most passionate and dedicated work forces in the world “Said Ukactive President and CEO Huw Edwards.
He added: “If nothing is done and we say goodbye to our gymnasiums and recreation centers, it will have a devastating impact on our society when we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, at the precise moment when these facilities will be desperately necessary for people. “
The government has promised to pay 80% of the wages of workers who were on leave during the crisis and has pledged to support loans to help keep businesses afloat.
However, Ukactive said the government needs to make sure that support gets to businesses faster and provide access to the job retention program in April.