EMD UK are following advice from Public Health England, the government and the NHS for the safety of our staff and the fitness workforce. We are monitoring the situation and will be updating this page frequently in line with new measures and precautions.

Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails. We will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

View our official statement here.

Download our coronavirus FAQs for instructors here.

Important Updates


Following the update from Government yesterday 12/05/20, it has been clarified that 1-2-1 training can resume outdoors from Wednesday 13 May in England. However, group exercise is still not permitted, indoors or outdoors. It can only be delivered online. Group exercise instructors who are considering 1-2-1 training should follow the guidelines below. It is our view that if you can deliver the session digitally so negating the need for contact, you should still do so.

  • You can only deliver to one person outside of your own household, with no time limit
  • You need to have the correct qualifications to deliver PT training
  • Check your insurance will still cover you. If you have PT PRO insurance through EMD UK, you are covered.
  • Check with your local authority/landowner you have permission to deliver the session in the open space. Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready. The government will be publishing high-level guidance for venues to help them think about preparations shortly.
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, or outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.
  • If you do decide to restart delivering outdoors, social distancing must remain in force with a minimum distance of 2m. Be aware of other people in the open space too and not just your client
  • If you use equipment you should enforce strong hygiene measures. This includes cleaning it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.

THIS IS ONLY APPLICABLE IN ENGLAND. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not relaxed their rules to allow this.

These measures may come with some risk; it is important that everyone continues to act responsibly, as the large majority have done to date. The infection rate will increase if people begin to break these rules and, for example, mix in groups in parks, which will trigger the need for further restrictions.


The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is a scheme which provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) who are losing money through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CBILS is operated by British Business Bank through a variety of accredited lenders, including high-street banks. Lenders will be able to approve up to £5 million per business as loans, overdrafts, and/or invoice finance.

Find full information on the British Business Bank website here.


The Self-employed income support scheme was announced today by the UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Read what you’re entitled to here.


  • The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that people should only leave their houses where it is ‘absolutely necessary’.
  • He announced that people should only leave their homes to exercise once a day and only with members of their household.
  • Outdoor gyms are now closed.

Following the Government’s announcement and advice given by EMD UK, all group exercise activities, both indoor and outdoor classes, including 1-2-1 sessions, should now cease.

EMD UK has provided guidance on how instructors can take their classes online and what they are covered to teach. You can find more information here.


The UK Government announced that businesses, including gyms, leisure centres, theatres, cafes and clubs, are to close as of tomorrow. Although this news sends shivers across the nation, there are some positives for our self-employed fitness instructors friends. These include:

– Self employed can access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to the current statutory sick pay should they fall ill, as the income minimum income floor has been removed

 – Self assessment payments deferred til Jan 2021
– 3 month mortgage suspension
– No VAT payment due April but can pay it by end of tax year
– No business rates if you have a venue
– Government will cover 80% of salaries up to £2500 a month for anyone who has employees
Sue Wilkie, Head of Instructor Development at EMD UK, says “The announcement of statutory sick pay for self-employed workers comes as welcome news after a challenging week for the fitness industry, and group exercise instructors in particular across the UK. With an influence on keeping active during this outbreak, instructors have been leading the way, providing classes online to keep the health and mental wellbeing of their clients. This will enable them to keep providing this step service whilst supporting their livelihoods.”

In line with government guidelines, the EMD UK office is now closed until further notice. Our staff are working from home and you can still contact us. Your enquiry can still be answered by telephoning the main switchboard number on 01403 266000.

Course attendees

All face to face qualification and development courses run by EMD UK have been postponed.  Everyone who has booked onto a course will receive a phone call followed by an email asap informing them of the postponement and will be able to defer their booking. All online learning can continue as normal and for those who have assessments due, please use the additional time to polish your classes.

Where we can, we will attempt to continue with education via online methods (e.g. webinar, Skype etc). However, this may not be practically possible for all activities. Where not, the aim will be to re-schedule courses to a later date wherever feasible.

If you have queries regarding courses, please email training@emduk.org. Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails. We will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

Flexercise, KFA and Medau teachers and members

If you need support or advice, please email Lianne, our Founder Support Officer, on info@emduk.org.

Membership support

If you require assistance with your instructor insurance, please contact support@emduk.org.

Advice for group exercise instructors

Click here for our latest advice.

Keeping your classes running

If you wish to continue teaching your classes, you may continue to do so via online platforms. Please check with your insurer before running your classes.

If you are an EMD UK insured instructor, you may wish to continue running your classes via online platforms. We suggest using platforms like Zoom or hosted on your own website if possible.

Please view our FAQs here regarding music licenses for online classes. All classes need to adhere to the same duty of care as your normal class and all participants need to agree to your normal health and safety disclaimer.

Stay informed

Ensure you’re regularly reading guidance on the UK Government website here. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions on the NHS website here.