People can go outside more than once a day for exercise alone or with their household, with up to five people from outside their household providing they observe social distancing, or with their and one other household indoors or outdoors, providing members of different households follow social distancing guidelines.

Many facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely. This includes basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private), playing fields, watersports, outdoor gyms and playgrounds.

From Saturday 11 July outdoor pools can reopen, while from Saturday 25 July indoor facilities such as gyms, leisure centres and pools will also be allowed to reopen, provided operators follow government guidelines.

Team sports can also restart when each sport's national governing body has published a government-approved action plan and related guidance on playing safely. 

The government's compiled detailed guidance on the reopening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities; a framework for the return of team sport; keeping facilities and equipment clean; keeping staff and customers safe; what to do about restaurants, changing rooms and car parks; and more.

ReOpen: Sport and Physical Activity Sector Facility Reopening Guidance

Guidance to help you plan for the safe reopening of sport and physical activity sector facilities.

ReActivate - Free Training Programme from CIMSPA

Available to anyone working in sport, physical activity, leisure and fitness in England, including coaches and volunteers - to give you confidence about returning safely to sport and physical activity, and getting back to providing a valuable service to your customers and community.

  • Leisure and fitness professionals
  • Club and facility managers
  • Sports club administrators
  • Grassroots coaches and volunteers

Subjects covered:

  • Risk assessment and management
  • Health and safety
  • Social distancing
  • Use of equipment and PPE
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • First aid
  • Travel
  • Communicating with customers & participants.

Government Advice

Government advice on the phase return of sport and recreation for the public (17 July 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation - facilities and equipment

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches

New guidance on spending time outdoors

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

Sport England's Return to Play Advice

And we recommend reading Sport England's latest advice concerning the return to play

Includes (6th July 2020):

Government Guidance (Sport England)  

UK Coaching Advice

Duty to Care Toolkit & Digital Badge

Earn UK Coaching's nationally recognised Duty to Care 'Digital Badge' by demonstrating your knowledge of the principles of duty to care: Safeguarding, Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health and Well-being.

Simply enrol and complete the five free Knowledge Checks attached to each of these five pillars. There is an extensive suite of learning and we signpost you to the most relevant resources to help you refresh your knowledge around each theme. 

Return to Coaching Advice 

NGB Covid-19 Advice

Since the announcement, national governing bodies (NGBs) have been working alongside the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to interpret the new guidance for their individual sports and setting out sport-specific advice for individuals, clubs and local authorities.

Our friends at London Sport have collated a summary of the sport-specific guidance published by NGBs regarding covid-19, specifically in relation to the re-introduction and return to sport and physical activity in England, which can be found here:

Voluntary and Community Sector Guidance CPALC, Cambs ACRE

Government Guidance for Multi-purpose Community Facilities  

National Association of Local Councils information under Managing Facilities and Public Spaces tab with some useful downloadable guides 

Cambridgeshire ACRE guidance on reopening community buildings  

Hunts Forum 

Sport Structures

Sport Structure's Director, Simon Kirkland, and Sport Business Manager, Natalie Davis, discuss sport returning to play after the Covid-19 lockdown.