Latest UK Government Guidance on Being Active During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Updated on Thursday 5 November 2020

Stay Active, Stay Safe. Follow the Current Guidance.

As of Thursday 5 November 2020, government regulations to prevent further spread of the coronavirus mean the following restrictions are in place as part of a second national lockdown.

Please see a summary of the rules below, visit Sport England’s updated guidance for further detail and the answers to frequently asked questions, or see the official government guidance.


  • People can go outdoors to be active as many times as they like, either on their own, with their household or support bubble, or on their own with one person from another household while keeping two metres apart.
  • Children who are under school age if they’re with a parent/carer, or people dependent on round-the-clock care, do not count towards the limit of two people from different households meeting outside.
  • Outdoor public places, such as parks, the countryside, beaches and public gardens can stay open, as can playgrounds.
  • All organised community outdoor sport is not permitted, meaning facilities including outdoor basketball and tennis courts, outdoor gyms and pools, golf courses, archery, driving and shooting ranges must also close.


  • Indoor sport and leisure facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery and shooting ranges, must close.
  • People cannot meet indoors with family or friends unless they’re part of their household or support bubble.


  • All children’s grassroots sport outside of school – both indoor and outdoor – must stop, but schools and nurseries will stay open and activity will be permitted within these settings during school hours, with playgrounds staying open.
  • External coaches and providers will still be able to visit schools to deliver sport sessions for children within school hours.

Safety is paramount, and it is crucial that everyone follows current government guidance. However, it is also crucial that everyone continues to stay active, and and tries to make movement and exercise part of daily life.

See 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.