As, once more, the Conservative Government puts business interests before health and allows gyms to re-open, BBC Scotland asks why the Scottish Government does not follow suit.
Note that they do not ask why, with death and new infections flat-lining, England’s gyms have opened?
The basis for the criticism is this:
Hotels, restaurants and pubs have welcomed customers back through their doors but the health and fitness industry is still waiting for a reopening date. It has led to frustration in the industry concerned that ministers appear to be prioritising alcohol-based entertainment over the nation’s long-term health and wellbeing.
If you don’t think for a minute, you might agree but, do think. When you are exercising vigorously you cannot help but gasp for breath, in and out, projecting a plume of droplets for at least two metres and, a massive spray of aerosols, unaffected by gravity, for far further distances.
I’m no scientist but I would not go anywhere near a gym.
In a pub, sitting comfortably, you might after a few drinks project your voice a bit more than is desirable in the circumstances but the plume will be much smaller.
Is this just my opinion? Is there science which the Scottish Government is following? Yes:
During 24 days in Cheonan, South Korea, 112 persons were infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 associated with fitness dance classes at 12 sports facilities. Intense physical exercise in densely populated sports facilities could increase risk for infection. Vigorous exercise in confined spaces should be minimized during outbreaks.
So, BBC Scotland, zero deaths in Scotland for 9 days now. How many would you be comfortable with to help the opposition score a point over the SNP? Ten? More? When you decide, let me know and cc professors Sridhar and Bauld.