‘Rule of six’ to be applied to adult indoor team sports
Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:47
With coronavirus cases increasing, from today (Thursday 24 September) 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. Click here to find out what this means in practice.
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.
We've summarised some of the key points below:
- Adult indoor sports are no longer able to take place in groups of more than six (even if they have been through an NGB Return to Play)
- Indoor team sports for children under the age of 18, played formally and under government-approved guidance are exempt from the 'rule of six'
- Children's play groups and youth clubs are exempt from the restrictions and are able to have gatherings of more than six
- All outdoor sports can continue as previously – no further restrictions due to announcement of 22 September
- Gyms and swimming pools are still permitted to stay open, and follow COVID-19 secure guidelines
- 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 for organised indoor team sports for disabled people.
To read the latest government advice (as of 22 September), including FAQs: what you can and can't do, click here.
If you wish to discuss any of the above further, including implications for your work, please feel free to contact the relevant Sport Birmingham team member.