Latest UK Government Guidance on Being Active During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Updated on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Stay Active, Stay Safe. Follow the Current Guidance.

On Monday 4th January 2021, the Prime Minster announced a new national lockdown to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in England. The rule should be followed right away, but become law as of Wednesday 6th January 2021.

The new regulations have implications for sport and physical activity, and here’s what we know so far:

    • People should minimise time spent outside their home. It’s against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of an individual’s household or support bubble.
    • People can only leave their home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure, and can do so with one person from outside their household.
    • This should be limited to once per day, and individuals should not travel outside their local area.
    • When around other people, individuals should stay two metres apart from anyone not in their household – meaning the people they live with – or their support bubble.
    • Where this isn’t possible, they should stay one metre apart with extra precautions (such as wearing a face covering).
    • Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed.
    • Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close.
    • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

There are exceptions for the following, which can take place in any number:

  • Disability sport
  • Sports as part of the curriculum in education
  • Supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020)

Visit Sport England’s updated guidance for further detail or see here the official government guidance.

Please also check out our Get Active at Home page, and explore our many tools and resources, to find tips and ideas for staying active and healthy during lockdown.