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 restrictions change.
We’ll continue to update this page as the government issues more information.
The government's roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with Step 2 – which began on 12 April – now in force.
This means that all outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools can reopen.
Outdoor gatherings of six people, under the 'rule of six', or two households, can take place. Organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return and are exempt from legal gathering limits.
Informal sport and physical activity is not covered by any exemptions, and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors.
In addition to this, indoor facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools can now open for adult individual/household only activities – no group sessions are allowed.
Full information on the current rules, a definition of organised outdoor sport and physical activity, and what the next steps in the government's roadmap mean for sport and activity, are on our frequently asked questions page below.
You can also find out about the exemptions for disabled people, education, coach education and elite sport.
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.