PLANS to keep indoor gyms shut while other businesses such as pubs reopen have been branded as a 'threat' to public health by a head coach at the Oxford Boxing Academy.

Indoor gyms, swimming pools spas, bowling alleys and water parks are all on the list of venues which remain in limbo with no timeline for reopening.

Coach Faz Keyani argued that keeping the fitness industry closed puts in jeopardy, not just the physical but also the mental health of so many people that have already been suffering for months.

Mr Keyani said he is 'deeply disappointed' by the measures and added : "We provide an environment that is safe, supportive and challenging.

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"Oxford Boxing Academy has been working with local schools and the local community to give our members a sense of belonging and has achieved significant outcomes in terms of tackling social exclusion.

"We believe that it is entirely possible to safely return to boxing training, whilst guidance is followed and precautions taken at all times."

For the past three months the club's coaches have been running online sessions every evening and live streaming them through Facebook for their members but Mr Keyani said this is 'simply not enough in the long-term'.