We've worked with the government to help answer some of the key questions people in the sport and physical activity sector will have as restrictions change.
We’ll continue to update this page as the government issues more information.
The national lockdown restrictions mean you should minimise time spent outside your home.
It's against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they're part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you shouldn't travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you're legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with one person from another household (going for a walk with someone counts as exercise).
Public outdoor places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- the grounds of a heritage site
Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.
There are, however, two exemptions to the national lockdown restrictions for sport and activity:
- Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
- Elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) - or those on an official elite sports pathway - are allowed to meet in larger groups, to compete and train.
With a national lockdown in place, the government's compiled detailed guidance of what can and can't be done for exercise under these restrictions.
Frequently asked questions
With a national lockdown in place, we've compiled answers to some of your most common questions on what this mean for sport and physical activity.
Principles to help return to play
These three principles have been published by the government to help organisations as part of the return to play.
Working to ensure the activity can meet public health guidelines
All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene.Read more
That means that participants and others can maintain a safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that equipment is disinfected regularly, and that it's clear that anyone who's symptomatic or suspects they've been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.
Communicating clearly and consistently
Organisations will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they're doing to manage risk, and what advice they're giving to individuals to do likewise.Read more
Ideally, organisations should publish an action plan detailing their plans to reopen safely and the steps they're taking to avoid confusion.
Organisations should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.
It's more important than ever to consider inclusive guidance for people who need support to be active and organisations should consider this as part of their work to encourage people to return.
Flexibility and innovation
Any measures organisations can put in place to enable an activity to return needs to be capable of being adapted to follow government guidelines on social distancing. e.g. strengthening or relaxing measures at short notice. Organisations are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make their sport or activity possible within the guidelines.Read more
The limit on gatherings - no more than two, unless members of the same household - means that it's unlikely to be possible to organise amateur events or competitions at this time.