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.

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):

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: