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Fitness centres start re-opening across Europe much faster than expected

Brussels, Belgium, 19th May 2020

The 6th Roundtable meeting was convened by EuropeActive on Tuesday 19th May and bought together 12 national associations as part of the European Fitness Association Forum (EFAF) concept. The weekly virtual meetings are addressing the need for a coordinated response to the Covid-19 situation.

Across Europe countries are taking a phased approach in lifting the Covid-19 related measures and national fitness associations from across Europe have been very successful in working with governments to re-open the sector in a safe and responsible way. In the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria fitness centres have already re-opened with specific operational guidance applying. In most other countries outdoor activities are allowed, and indoor activities will restart in the coming days and weeks, but with surge of re-opening now expected in late May, June and early July.

There has been high-level sharing by EuropeActive’s national associations of good practices surrounding the re-opening of clubs culminating in a guidance document published at 

Members of the Roundtable were also informed of the measures that are being taken at the EU level and how the plans for recovery are taking shape. The proposals that currently are being formulated at the highest political level will likely have a profound impact on the future of the European Union.

Andreas Paulsen, EuropeActive CEO, said “The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated the indispensable work that the national associations are doing for our sector and shows the enormous benefits of working together across borders to support and learn from each other. EuropeActive is taking a central role in coordinating these activities and provides a platform for the sector to positively collaborate in these challenging times.” 

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About EuropeActive

EuropeActive, formerly the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the whole of the European fitness sector in Brussels.

According to the EuropeActive/Deloitte Market Report 2020 the European fitness sector serves over 64 million consumers, generates 28.2 billion Euro in revenues, and consists approximately of 64,000 facilities. In 2019 the European market grew by 3.8% consolidating Fitness as the #1 sport activity in Europe.

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Carlos Fernández, EU Communications Officer



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