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Helping to keep people active during local coronavirus lockdowns

We give some clarity in the confusion about what sport and physical activity is and isn't allowed during local lockdowns.

18th September 2020

The increase in local lockdowns in recent days has presented a challenge to community and grassroots sport and organised physical activity.

There’s been some confusion about what is and isn’t allowed in areas where restrictions have been tightened and some inaccurate reporting about what people can and can’t do.

Central government’s been clear that grassroots sport and organised physical activity can currently continue in areas where there are local lockdowns, as long as those activities abide by the stringent plans put in place to ensure they were given the green light to go ahead in the first place.

People play badminton in a sports hall

What’s not advised is any socialising in or around that activity – and where there are organised games and physical activity-related events, people should not gather to watch in an amateur setting.

Full details of the areas subject to local restrictions, and what those restrictions are, can be found here.

There’s been a huge amount of work done in recent weeks and months, by governing bodies and organisers of grassroots sport and organised physical activity, to get back up and running.

Protocols are in place to enable them to do so safely and adherence to these have been widely adopted across the country.

Sport and physical activity providers have gone about helping people back into activity diligently. The sector is grateful for central and local government’s continued support and understanding of the importance of activity to people’s physical and mental wellbeing, whatever form it takes.

We’re now working closely with local leaders to avoid some of the confusion of recent days, while understanding that the picture is evolving in local areas quickly and that it takes time to communicate what is and isn’t changing.

It’s also important to remember that being healthy and fit is an important part of helping people stave off coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first place, as well as bringing vital mental health benefits at a time when people really are struggling.

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