James Balfour, 1Rebel co-founder
Chloe Shakesby

Facing COVID-19: The gym chain providing extra NHS bed space

A London gym chain has offered up a solution to potential NHS bed shortages.

1Rebel has announced that it is willing to offer its gym spaces to the NHS for extra beds if needed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, the government ordered all gyms to close as part of its measures to stop the spread of the pandemic.

1Rebel co-founder James Balfour has said that he believes the gyms have space for up to 400 beds.

The offer comes as companies across the country adapt their businesses to help their communities.

James commented: “We estimate that, across our seven studios in central London, we could make space for 300–400 beds.

“There are also extended changing facilities, showers, and areas for IT facilities.

“There is great lighting and even the fact that we have sound systems – offering the opportunity to play music – could lift people’s spirits.”

1Rebel has launched a new website which provides a detailed factsheet to all seven studios, providing all the information the NHS needs to decide if and how it might best use the space.

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