Latest UK Government Guidance on Being Active During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Updated on Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Stay Active, Stay Safe. Follow the Current Guidance.

On Monday 22nd February 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new four-part phased approach to ending the national lockdown in England. The current national lockdown rules still apply, having become law as of Wednesday 6th January 2021. However, we are delighted to see the return of school and organised physical activity as of next month.

Children and young people will be able to take part in sport and activity at school as part of educational provision and wraparound care from 8th March, while from 29th March outdoor grassroots sport for adults and children will also restart, subject to guidance.

For more information please visit Sport England’s dedicated page here, and for further details about the timeline for the reopening of gyms and leisure facilities, and the restarting of indoor sports, please see the government’s official advice here.

Until the 8th March, the existing regulations remain in place. Those that have implications for sport and physical activity, include the following:

    • 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.