When will Slimming World groups reopen?
Despite the uncertainty and lockdown of recent months, Slimming World has continued to support its members to achieve their weight-loss goals through inspiring, motivating virtual weekly groups. Now, as restrictions begin to ease and change, we remain committed to being there for our members every step of the way.
We’ve had many enquiries from members who are eager to get back to their real-life groups and are keen to know what announcements about Wales’, England’s, Scotland’s, Northern Ireland’s and Ireland’s proposed roadmaps out of lockdown mean for their return.
We’re continuing to support our members to achieve their weight loss goals through our inspiring, motivating Venue + Virtual service or virtual weekly groups, depending on the guidance in each country. This means that, until real-life groups are able to reopen, members will still get the same practical help and know-how, friendship and warm support they expect.
When will Slimming World real-life groups open?
Governments are being understandably cautious with their timelines, and specific details for businesses like Slimming World haven’t been released. So we’re keeping our plans to return to in-person groups flexible until exact dates are confirmed nearer to the time. As always, the best person to let you know about how your local group is being held safely and in line with guidance is your local Slimming World Consultant.
Here’s what we know so far for Slimming World groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland:
England: With the government planning that non-essential retail can start to reopen from 12th April, Slimming World groups will begin to return to venues, offering our temporary, alternative Venue + Virtual service from 19th April.
From 17th May, we anticipate and hope that real-life groups will be able to open with changes in place (similar to those last summer) to keep everyone safe and reassured in line with Covid-19 guidance, such as shorter, smaller sessions.
Wales: Where possible and in accordance with local guidelines Slimming World groups are able to return to venues from 12th April, we’re offering our temporary, alternative Venue + Virtual service.
Scotland: The continued easing of level 4 restrictions, with non-essential click and collect services reopening, means that Slimming World groups will be able to return to venues, offering our temporary, alternative Venue + Virtual service from 12th April.
Northern Ireland: We’re hopeful Slimming World groups in Northern Ireland could gradually begin to reopen, offering our temporary, alternative Venue + Virtual service from 12th April.
Republic of Ireland: While the package of measures sees restrictions starting to ease from the 12th April, the government is taking a very gradual, phased approach, with each stage ‘subject to the prevailing public health situation’.
Services – like our temporary Venue + Virtual groups – aren’t yet permitted to reopen during this phase of the roadmap. That means that groups will continue running virtually for now.
Lisa Salmon, joint Managing Director, says: “Given that being overweight brings a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, we’ve been absolutely determined not to give up on our members and to ensure that they don’t put their weight losses on hold. And as lockdown begins to ease and we look towards the future, we know more people than ever will be looking for support to embrace the coming months feeling happier and healthier.
“Whether members join an in-person, Venue + Virtual or virtual group, they’ll find the same friendship, care, inspiration and motivation we all so desperately need – more now than ever. We’re determined to keep our promise made by every Consultant to every member, to ensure that they achieve their dreams.”
Whether members join an in-person, Venue + Virtual or virtual #SlimmingWorld group, they’ll find the same friendship, care, inspiration and motivation we all so desperately need – more now than ever.
All Slimming World members get access to expertise, science and understanding to help them change the habits of a lifetime and remain slim for life. Slimming World’s famous Food Optimising eating plan, 24/7 access to our exclusive members-only website – with more than 1,500 recipes, meal plans, weight loss support strategies and articles – and our members-only app, including the barcode scanner, are all part of our membership package, too.