We've worked with the government to help answer some of the key questions people in the sport and physical activity sector will have as it eases some of its lockdown restrictions.
We’ll continue to update this page as the government issues more information.
On Monday 23 November, the Prime Minister announced that all areas of England would return to a tiered system of coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions on Wednesday 2 December.
We’ll update this page to reflect what this means for sport and physical activity as soon as possible but the information below remains an accurate reflection what is and isn’t allowed as things stand.
The current situation
Until 2 December, every part of England remains under the same coronavirus restrictions.
The current restrictions have many implications for sport and physical activity, but the main things to know are:
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.
Schools can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they're satisfied it's safe to do so during school hours.
The government's compiled detailed guidance on the reopening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities; a framework for the return of team sport; keeping facilities and equipment clean; keeping staff and customers safe; what to do about restaurants, changing rooms and car parks; and more.
Frequently asked questions
With England-wide restrictions now in force, we've compiled answers to some of the most common questions on what it means for sport and physical activity.
Principles to help return to play
These three principles have been published by the government to help organisations as part of the return to play.
Working to ensure the activity can meet public health guidelines
All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene.Read more
That means that participants and others can maintain a safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that equipment is disinfected regularly, and that it's clear that anyone who's symptomatic or suspects they've been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.
Communicating clearly and consistently
Organisations will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they're doing to manage risk, and what advice they're giving to individuals to do likewise.Read more
Ideally, organisations should publish an action plan detailing their plans to reopen safely and the steps they're taking to avoid confusion.
Organisations should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.
It's more important than ever to consider inclusive guidance for people who need support to be active and organisations should consider this as part of their work to encourage people to return.
Flexibility and innovation
Any measures organisations can put in place to enable an activity to return needs to be capable of being adapted to follow government guidelines on social distancing. e.g. strengthening or relaxing measures at short notice. Organisations are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make their sport or activity possible within the guidelines.Read more
The limit on gatherings - no more than two, unless members of the same household - means that it's unlikely to be possible to organise amateur events or competitions at this time.