A LOCAL fitness instructor has expressed her delight at being able to return to work at the end of July following the recent lockdown easing announcements.

Swimming pools, gyms and outdoor arts performances are to begin reopening in the latest easing of the Coronavirus lockdown in England.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said outdoor pools will be able to reopen from Saturday to be followed by indoor pools, gyms and other sports facilities from July 25.

Ulverston based Louise Walton, a fitness instructor and founder of Dance Active said: “I am looking forward to returning to work, I am pleased that the leisure centres and gyms and dance studios are now able open their businesses on July 25.

“It is understandable that many of us wish to engage in physical activity within a professional setting.

“Keeping fit and well reduces anxiety and stress levels as well as the side effects of self - isolation.

“I think people have missed the human interaction when working out, the connection you have with members and staff.

“People look forward to seeing us, the enthusiasm we have for our job and the encouragement we give to help people enjoy the benefits of exercise and a healthier lifestyle.

Theatres, opera, dance and music have been able to resume outdoors from the weekend although audience numbers will be restricted and will be subject to social-distancing rules.

Following the opening for hairdressers last week, beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services will be able to welcome back customers as well.

At the same time the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also published guidance to enable competitive grassroots team sports to resume, beginning with cricket at the weekend.

Mr Dowden told a Downing Street press conference: “I’m really urging people to get out there and to play their part: buy the tickets for outdoor plays and musical recitals, get to your local gallery and support your local businesses.”