'Standing up for the people of Bury St Edmunds'
A yoga instructor and wellness adviser, who runs classes in Bury St Edmunds , is calling on the Government to reconsider its approach to new guidelines stating leisure and sports facilities must be closed during lockdown.
Carole Baker, founder of The Self Centre, said she was wavering between ‘despair, anger and a heartfelt desire to do something’ and had written a letter to a number of different leisure and sports clubs in the area to get their views on the changes, hoping their support might lobby government to change their approach.
The letter states: “I am asking, actually pleading, that you think long and hard about the potential risks of closing your studio / gym on 5th November for a month.”
It goes on to state the health benefits of exercise, both mentally and physically, and that Carole considers the ‘flawed’ government guidelines ‘pay no attention to the desperate need for people to remain fit and healthy during the next few months.’
Carole said that while her yoga classes could be done virtually, it just wasn’t the same as in person.
A number of instructors and gym owners have echoed Carole’s concerns.
Clare Stringer, lead instructor at The Flight Lab, a pole and aerial fitness centre, said she found the Government’s guidelines ‘utterly unjustified’.
She said she had around 100 clients and that only 10 per cent had poles at home, meaning running her classes virtually would be a struggle.
Glen Moulds, owner of Suffolk Academy Gym in Barrow, said himself and his members were ‘furious’ at having just got going again for the changes to come in.
“The leisure industry has been hammered, and people need this for their health,” he said.
He added that a more local approach, where inspectors might come in and determine who could stay open, would be better, rather than everyone ‘being tarred with the same brush’.
Carole has set up a website to try to provide her services online. To contact her to find out more, you can visit her website on: https://carolebaker.co.uk/