Killers & rapists can go to the gym in jail — while public ones are shut

KILLERS and rapists can still go to the gym in jail — while public ones are shut.

Lags across Britain are able to pump iron after prison gyms were deemed Covid-safe, though warders and staff cannot use them.

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Public gyms have been ordered to close in the latest national lockdown, to the fury of owners who say they are beneficial to health.

Last night, the decision to keep prison gyms open was blasted as “crazy double standards”.

One source at HMP Thorn Cross near Warrington said: “So the only gyms legally open at the moment in the UK are behind bars.

"Perhaps they think prisoners can’t catch coronavirus unlike members of the public.”

Prison officers are currently banned from using the facilities.

Mark Fairhurst, of the Prison Officers’ Association, said: “If gyms in our communities are not safe to open, then I fail to see how prison gyms can be any safer.”

Public gyms were shut last week, with owners facing £10,000 fines if they stay open.

The Ministry of Justice deemed it safe to exercise in jail after liaising with Public Health England.

The Prison Service said inmates “can’t walk outside as freely as everyone else”.

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