A phased return to outdoor sport and recreation
You can now exercise with up to five other people from outside of your household after the Government published guidance on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England (external link).
Groups of more than six people from up to two households are also permitted to gather indoors or outdoors, but only if the members of the different households can follow social distancing guidelines.
If not, gatherings of more than six people are only permitted if it is essential for work purposes.
When you want to exercise outdoors, you should always:
• Check in advance the facilities have reopened
• If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if you have to touch communal surfaces.
• Once you are home, remember to wash your hands
• Avoid using shared equipment (EG: racquets and bats)
• If catering facilities are open (for takeaway items), respect social distancing while queuing. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.
If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or you are living in a household with somebody who has a suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, please remain at home and refrain from inviting or welcoming visitors round to your household.
You shouldn’t exercise outside your home or garden and exercise with others if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace as you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case. Even if you never get symptoms, you can still spread the virus to others.
The Government has also published guidance on using sports facilities (external link), individual sports (external link) and organising outdoor sport and physical activity events (external link).
There’s also associated public health information for carers and parents (external link) and people who are clinically vulnerable (such as people aged 70 and over) (external link).
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