Update regarding new guidelines for participating in sport and physical activity
Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:50
The government have published new guidelines for participating in sport and physical activity following the rule changes for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic announced yesterday. The full guidance is provided below but we have summarised our understanding of the key messages above this narrative.
If you need any help with risk assessments or interpreting what this means for your group or organisation please do get in touch with ourselves and/or your national governing body.
The key messages as we have interpreted them are as follows:
- No changes for participation in outdoor organised sport and licensed physical outdoor activity organised by a club, NGB, registered coach/instructor, business or charity that complies with COVID-19 secure guidelines.
- adults taking place in outdoor exercise classes must not mingle in groups of more than 6 before and after activity.
- From 24 September organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can continue to take place with large numbers present, provided groups of more than 6 do not mix – if this is likely to happen the indoor activities must not go ahead. Activities for disabled people are exempted from this rule. We are awaiting further guidance from National Governing Bodies of sports likely to be affected by these new rules.
- All supervised activities for the under 18's including sports and exercise groups, indoors and out, are permitted where a risk assessment has been carried out.
- All other forms of exercise must only take place in groups of six unless everyone is from the same household or support bubble.
The published government guidance is as follows:
'Can I still participate in sport in groups of more than 6 ?
Adults can continue to take part in outdoor organised sport and licensed physical outdoor activity in groups of more than six, provided it is organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity; and/or involve someone who has received an official license to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
You should only be playing outdoor team sports and partaking in outdoor physical activity where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely, and you can play outdoors. See a list of team sports governing bodies which have developed guidance. Other outdoor sports or licensed outdoor physical activities may also be permitted if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and following sports-governing body guidance.
For adults, outdoor organised exercise classes can still take place in groups larger than six. When participating in any exempted activity like this, you must not mingle in groups of more than 6 before and after the activity. You should always ensure you socially distance from people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) wherever possible.
From 24 September, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can continue to take place with larger numbers present, provided groups of more than six do not mix. If groups of six are likely to mix, these indoor activities must not go ahead. There is an exemption or organised indoor team sports for disabled people.
The relevant indoor sport facilities guidance or outdoor guidance must be followed for these activities. Organised Sport and Physical Activity events are allowed provided they follow guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England. All supervised activities for under 18s, including sports and exercise groups, indoors and out, are permitted where a risk assessment has been carried out. This should follow guidance on out of school settings.
Other forms of exercise must only take place in groups of six unless everyone is from the same household or support bubble.
When playing sports informally (where not organised in line with the rules above) with people you don't live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It is illegal to do so in a larger group and you may be fined.'