Saudi's Leejam announces reopening of its gyms after COVID-19 closures

Public venues have been closed for a month in the kingdom after a rise in cases at the start of 2021

  
A Saudi man wearing a protective face mask exercises at a gym after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 23, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A Saudi man wearing a protective face mask exercises at a gym after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 23, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Saudi Arabia’s Leejam Sports Company (Fitness Time) has announced the reopening of its gyms after authorities in the kingdom lifted COVID-19 restrictions on public venues.

The fitness company was obliged to close all of its centres in the kingdom from February 4 for 10 days due to rising COVID-19 cases at the start of the year, which was then extended until yesterday (March 6) by authorities.

The company said in a statement to the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) that it would continue to comply with all advisory protocols and take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of its members.

Fitness Time posted a loss of $15.6 million in 2020, the first time it had not recorded a profit.

The company said it was calculating the financial impact of the most recent pandemic-related closures.

(Writing by Imogen Lillywhite imogen.lillywhite@refinitiv.com; editing by Daniel Luiz)

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