Coronavirus sport and physical activity advice

The government has confirmed changes to what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity as part of the next phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sport and Exercise Outdoors new Coronavirus advice

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 and watersports. 

Outdoor gyms and playgrounds can also now reopen, but swimming pools and indoor facilities will remain closed.

For further information or more sport-specific guidance, please see below.

Golf

  • Individuals playing golf on their own
  • Two-balls comprising of individuals from different household
  • Three-balls comprising of individuals from same or different households
  • Four-balls comprising of individuals from same or different households
  • Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to, at all times
  • Pre book all tee times
  • Do not touch anything on the course, including the flag
  • Only use you own equipment and golf balls

Find out more from England Golf

Angling

You can now go fishing but only alone, with members of your household, or with up to, but no more than 5 other people a minimum of 2 metres apart. You should always follow social distancing guidelines when encountering others.

Find out more from the Angling Trust

Tennis

  • Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles
  • Other than where players are from the same household: Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
  • Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible - use your racquet/foot to return them
  • Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)

Find out more from the Lawn Tennis Association

Football

The following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

  • playing football individually. For example, practice of individual skills or fitness activities
  • playing football with your family or other people living in your household
  • football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times
  • Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after
  • Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small-sided or full) is also not permitted at this time

Find out more at the Football Association

Hockey

After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June while following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey, which will be issued as soon as possible.

Find out more from England Hockey

Rugby League

Following the recent Government advice, the following Rugby League activity is permitted: 

  • Practising of individual skills and fitness activities
  • Taking part in Rugby League activity with your family or people living in your household
  • Skills and fitness activity in groups of no more than six: Such group activity should comply with social distancing rules keeping two metres apart at all times
  • Equipment including balls must be regularly sanitised
  • Hand hygiene practices should be in place.The playing of any games, small sided or full, is not permitted
  • Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas where it is not possible to maintain social distancing
  • Rugby League coaches can lead small group activity for up to six people which includes the coach

Find out more at Rugby Football League

Rugby Union

The RFU has announced a national roadmap to support a return to community rugby activity. This roadmap consists of six stages, Stage A relating to individual training with one other person, moving through to Stage F when there can be a return to competitive matches against other teams. We are currently at Stage B following the government’s announcement of 28 May.

Find out more at the Rugby Football Union

Cricket

England is currently in step 3 – which allows for small group training sessions of up to six people while respecting social distancing. As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. We will continue to be led by UK government advice and will only move into step 4 when the guidance allows and when it is medically safe to do so.

Find out more at the England Cricket Board

Team Sports

People who play team sports can now meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in wholly separate groups of no more than 6 and must remain 2 metres apart at all times. While groups could practice ball skills like passing and kicking, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of 6 in busy or overcrowded areas, if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.

Further information

Find out more from Government update guidance including for: Personal trainers and coaches and Providers of outdoor facilities.

Last updated: 07 July 2020 09:26:28