Lockdown: Close to fitness centers and swimming pools in Hamburg

Lockdown in Hamburg

Gyms and swimming pools are closing – clubs fear




A woman wearing a mask is working out on a leg press machine in a gym. The new corona restrictions are hitting the industry hard. (icon image)

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Training operations are prohibited at all facilities. Only jogging and cycling are still possible. Clubs are dependent on support.

Hamburg. Concerned and warning, Angela Merkel (CDU) announced the drastic measures late Wednesday afternoon Corona restrictions, which throws the sport nationwide into a deep November depression. While professionals can continue to compete and train – albeit without spectators, amateur and popular sports stall for at least four weeks.

fitness centre, swimming pools and fun pools must be closed from Monday, training operations are prohibited at all facilities. Only individual sports, jogging and cycling will still be possible.

Different requirements in the individual states and thus a patchwork duvet as in April and May should not exist this time. “The decisions apply nationwide,” Chancellor Merkel stressed. The Hamburg Senate announced that it would support all measures and implement them in a new Corona protection regulation. A special session of the Senate is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday.

“Lockdown black time for Hamburg sport”

“The renewed sporty shutdown is a black hour for the sport of Hamburg and the biggest test of the last 75 years. The current decision hits us hard, “said a statement signed by President Jürgen Mantell and CEO Ralph Lehnert of the Hamburger Sportbund (HSB). In the spring, the sport lay completely dormant for 51 days.



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By the summer, about 50,000 layoffs and layoffs had been registered in clubs and gyms, which in turn lost additional revenue from the course offering. “Stay on board, stay a member! This is the most important thing for the survival of the clubs,” HSB called on Wednesday. will compensate for up to 75 percent of the loss in sales in November.

HSVH already plays on Saturday without spectators

Professional sports in basketball, handball, ice hockey and volleyball may continue, but the clubs pay extra for the ghost games ordered. The handball masters from HSV Hamburg were the first to react in Hamburg. The second division’s home game against Hamm-Westphalia, scheduled for Saturday (18.00) in Hamburg’s sports hall, will be played without spectators in coordination with the Home Office and the Northern District Office, it said.

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“We have to act responsibly with regard to health protection and the restrictions that come from Monday,” said HSVH CEO Sebastian Frecke, explaining the recommended dispensation of up to 650 fans in the hall. However, this does not change the fact that “we are convinced of our complex concept of protection and hygiene, and it has proven to be effective”. League manager Frank Bohmann announced that the game would continue “until at least Christmas”. The subsequent license for the clubs, to be granted in November, also serves the league association HBL to expose the clubs’ financial problems to politicians.

Concern at the Towers

The development was also followed with concern at the Hamburg Towers office. The fact is: The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) is set to start the season on 6 November. “In the last few weeks, we have invested a lot of time and money in adapting our hygiene concept,” said Towers’ CEO Jan Fischer, who despite his disappointment also showed understanding for the measures. On November 8, Wilhelmsburg starts the season against Bamberg in edel-optics.de Arena. Financially, Towers can survive in the short term without revenue from viewers. “It is financially viable. An important building block is the federal government’s ticket subsidy, “Fischer explained.


Applications for this aid package, previously launched with a total of 200 million euros, must be submitted by Saturday. “If we still do not get any spectators in the halls at the beginning of the new year, the state subsidy, which is valid until the end of the year, must be extended,” Fischer demands.

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CEO Sven Gösch does not see the league start on November 6 in danger for the men of the ice hockey league in Crocodiles Hamburg, if the help money is paid out. Farmseners, who already did without fans in the test against Hannover Indian on Friday, have four haunted home games to complete before 30 November.

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Updated: Thu, 29.10.2020, 8.32

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