The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called on the government to amend Covid-19 regulations to allow the sale of gym equipment to the public for home use which prompted some Twitter reactions.
The EFF said it was prudent to allow shops selling gym equipment to open so people could purchase them for home use, since gyms were still closed.
“The conditions of social distancing, lockdown and general stay-at-home require a healthy mind and heart. The real fight against the Covid-19 disease needs an even healthier mind and heart,” the party said in a statement on Tuesday morning.
The party said instead of spending energy mobilising the public on unbanning hazardous items like cigarettes and alcohol sale, the government should be mobilising for the sale of gym equipment for home use.
“We need a healthy nation, even under conditions of social distancing and lockdown. This is not an elitist or even middle-class call; it is a call for all our people to take the gym as part of our identity and culture in general. Let all shops selling gym equipment be allowed to operate so people can purchase these for home use.
“These shops, like all other retail shops that are allowed operation, must also exercise all hygiene precautions like sanitizers, enforce mask-wearing at all times, and other necessary personal protective equipment. All gyms must remain closed; however, it is time to take the gym to the home front.”
The EFF also welcomed the opening of book shops under level 4.
“Reading is also part of an important habit to keep a healthy mind under conditions of lockdown and general stay-at-home. Accordingly, we encourage our people to read and become better minds, even when faced with a pandemic of global proportions.”
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