Sport England: Return to play
Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:34
There's a lot for sport and physical activity providers to consider as lockdown restrictions evolve. We've got guidance on a range of topics to help you plan for the return to play.
Every part of England is now in one of three Covid-19 alert levels: Tier 1 (medium), Tier 2 (high) and Tier 3 (very high). Here's a summary of what this mean for sport and physical activity. You can read our frequently asked questions here.
Tier 1 (medium)
National restrictions, introduced from 24 September, continue to apply.
Organised individual and team sports that have been through return to play protocols can continue, while adhering to the 'rule of six', which means playing in a group of no more than six people.
There are exemptions to this: under-18s, disabled people and, if for educational purposes, over-18s, can play in any number.
Other indoor activity, such as exercise classes, can continue in larger numbers based on the size of the venue, provided that people are in separate groups of up to six people, or larger groups if they're from the same household or support bubble, which do not mix.
Gyms and leisure facilities can stay open, and the 'rule of six' applies to informal activity.
National governing body-approved organised team sport, exercise classes and outdoor licensed physical activity and sport participation events can happen in any number provided they're in line with Covid-secure guidance.
The 'rule of six' applies to informal sport.
Tier 2 (high)
Organised individual and team sport must be played by a single household or support bubble.
Exemptions laid out in Tier 1 on specific groups of people who can play in larger numbers continue to apply.
Exercise classes can also continue as per the rules under Tier 1, while informal sport can only be played indoors by a single household or support bubble.
Gyms and leisure facilities can stay open.
There's no change to the guidance for outdoor sport and physical activity – the Tier 1 rules still apply.
Tier 3 (very high)
Guidance under this tier is subject to change, depending on local and national government agreements.
Sport and physical activity can be played as per the guidance under Tier 2.
Gyms and leisure facilities may have to close depending on local approaches to business closures.
Sport and physical activity can be played as per the guidance under Tier 1.
The government's compiled detailed guidance on reopening outdoor and indoor sports facilities; a framework for the return of team sports; keeping facilities and equipment clean; keeping staff and customers safe; what to do about restaurants, changing rooms and car parks, and more.
With the introduction of Covid-19 alert levels, and rules around what sport and physical activity can be played indoors and outdoors and how, plus what this means for facilities, we've compiled answers to some of the most common questions.
It's critical that the people who've been impacted the most by the lockdown are supported to get active as restrictions are eased.
We've compiled guidance on who can get active, how you can engage specific audiences, how to ensure your facilities are and remain accessible when they reopen, and more.
We've collated new research on people's current attitudes to sport and physical activity.
It looks at the likelihood of people returning to their activity of choice once restrictions are eased, what might hold people back, and how activity providers can help encourage a return.
We've produced a new toolkit to help you keep sport and physical activity going as the nights get longer.
It's packed with advice, guidance and insight to support you to continue to play sport safely in line with the latest government guidelines.
Club Matters has guidance to help sports clubs prepare for reopening, how to develop a risk register, tips to enforce social distancing, and more.
Click below to access the toolkit, and scroll down here for more guidance, including how to help your volunteers prepare, and hygiene tips.
Any other advice, please click here
Article Source: Sport England