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Duncan Bannatyne predicts huge queues outside gyms tomorrow as Covid rules relaxed

Fitness fans desperate to feel the burn again will be lining up outside their gyms before the doors are flung open tomorrow, Duncan Bannatyne has predicted.

Swimming pools and other indoor exercise facilities will also reopen as lockdown rules are relaxed.

The former BBC Dragons’ Den star, who owns a chain of health clubs, spas and hotels, said: ‘There’ll be a queue outside each health club on Monday morning waiting to get in. We experienced that last time.

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne, pictured, believes gym fans will be queuing outside from early morning to resume their fitness regimes

Social distancing rules will still be in place, including the ban on different households mixing in indoor venues until at least May 17

‘We had queues out of the door of people coming in, trying to be first in the swimming pool or gym after the lockdown. There was such a great atmosphere.’

Social distancing rules will still be in place, including the ban on different households mixing in indoor venues until at least May 17.

Mr Bannatyne added: ‘If people are not going abroad for a holiday, they’re more likely to join a health club and take the kids to the swimming pool, and things like that.’

Glenn Earlam, chief executive of David Lloyd Leisure, added: ‘It’s great welcoming everyone back. Our clubs are a big part of our members’ lives.’

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