Covid-Update – Return of Outdoor Sport

By Charlotte Pedley on March 29th, 2021 - comments

Step 1b in the Roadmap out of National Lockdown

From 29 March – 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

Formally organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return and are exempt from legal gathering limits. Guidance issued by individual national governing bodies should be adhered to.

London Sport have gathered together latest guidance from National Governing Bodies – visit their page here.

Informal Sport

Informal sport and physical activity is not covered by any exemptions, and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors (the rule of six or two households).

For more information and Guidance visit Sports England’s Frequently Asked Questions Page

For full government guidance click here

Next steps in the Roadmap:

Step 2:

Step 2 will begin no earlier that 12 April and will allow indoor facilities to reopen including gyms, leisure centres and community centres for use by individuals or household groups. Indoor sporting activities for children can take place.

Step 3:

Step 3 will take place no earlier than 17 May, and at least five weeks after Step 2

  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will reopen
  • Some large events, including sports events. Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.
  • The Government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.