With coronavirus cases increasing, non-disabled people aged 18 and over will need to adhere to the ‘rule of six’ if they’re playing team sports indoors – this means playing in a group of no more than six people.
Team sports that have already had guidance approved by the government for the safe playing of their sport can continue to use that guidance, provided they now limit the number of people aged 18 and over playing indoors to six.
What you can do:
- Indoor team sports involving children aged under 18, played formally and under government-approved guidance.
- Indoor team sports involving disabled adults aged 18 and over, played formally and under government-approved guidance, including groups of more than six following social distancing (more details can be found on the Sport England website)
- Use indoor sport and leisure facilities, including gyms and swimming pools – people should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six. Facilities will undertake their own risk assessment to ensure they are meeting health and safety requirements.
- A number of Bradford Council leisure facilities have now reopened. However Sedbergh Sport and Leisure Centre, Victoria Hall, Keighley and Marley Activities and Coaching Centre are still operating as district hubs to support the fight against COVID-19, so will not be reopening for leisure activities just yet.
- Organised indoor activities or exercise classes (these can take place in larger numbers, provided groups of more than six do not mix and the facility meets the government’s indoor facility guidance)
- Outdoor sports played formally and under government-approved guidance
- Outdoor sport and physical activity events following event-organiser guidance
- Informal indoor or outdoor sport and physical activity in groups of six or fewer while social distancing and following government guidance, and guidance from the sport’s governing body.
- You can exercise outdoors alone, with members of your household, or with up to 5 other people from outside your household.
- Outdoor fitness classes and personal training is permitted outside, if people are able to follow social distancing guidelines and provided no more than 30 people from different households are gathering.
- You can take part in organised team sports that have had their plans reviewed by government and have published their return to play guidance. The maximum numbers will depend on the sport but may vary from club to club – depending on facility size, staffing, and health and safety measures put in place.
- You may take part in some organised participation events.
- Groups of up to 15 children, plus an adult, may take part in activities (e.g. holiday clubs) as per Department for Education guidance.
- Check in advance if the facilities you want to use have reopened.
- When exercising in the countryside remember to follow the countryside code and act responsibly.
- If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if your sport or recreation means you have to touch communal surfaces.
- Once you are home remember to wash your hands.
- Try to avoid using shared equipment such as racquets and bats.
- If catering facilities are open at the venue (for takeaway items) respect social distancing whilst queuing for food and drink. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.
Many believe that the power of sport and activity to support people’s physical and mental health has never been more important than it is right now – we believe this.
To help you, as a sport club and/or activity provider, inspire and motivate the people in your communities to continue to be physically active, Sport England have produced an Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit that’s packed with resources and information.
Guidance is correct at time of publishing, 5th October 2020, and will be reviewed should government guidance change.
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