Ex-Olympian gym boss Sarah Lindsay is spending £20,000 a month furloughing staff at Roar Fitness, slams Boris Johnson for reopening pub beer gardens before fitness centres as she asks ‘why isn’t health a priority?’

  • Ex-Olympian Sarah Lindsay owns Roar Fitness transformations gyms in London
  • She joined chorus of small business owners calling on the government for help 
  • Costing her £20,000 a month to furlough staff and tens of thousands in rent 

A gym owner who is spending £20,000 a month furloughing her staff today slammed Boris Johnson for opening pubs before fitness centres. 
Former Olympic speed skater Sarah Lindsay owns Roar Fitness transformation gyms which have branches across London

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, she revealed it was costing her some £20,000 a month to furlough staff while paying tens of thousands of pounds in rent despite being closed for nearly a year.

The businesswoman, who counts celebrities including Vogue Williams and Piers Morganamong her clients, also hit out at the government for failing to do enough to help small businesses during the pandemic.

She added: ‘I just don’t understand why health and fitness and wellness isn’t prioritised more – you’re going to be able to – and this is going to be a very unpopular opinion I’m sure – but you’re going to be able to go to a pub garden and have a pint before you can focus on your health.’

This comes after Boris Johnson announced his cautious roadmap out of lockdown yesterday evening, despite the vaccination drive surging ahead. 

Former Olympic speed skater Sarah Lindsay owns Roar Fitness transformation gyms across London

In a hammer blow to many businesses, gyms, shops, hairdressers and pubs must remain closed until April 12 at the earliest – regardless of mounting fears about the economic meltdown.