The government has confirmed that the next step of lockdown easing can take place from 17 May. Step 3 of the government’s roadmap will see an easing of limits on social contact, meaning that outdoors up to 30 people will be allowed to meet. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply.
One of the main changes for sport and physical activity will be that indoor sports and exercise classes will be allowed to restart. This follows the reopening of gyms and indoor fitness facilities for use by individuals or household groups on 12 April.
For full guidelines on what changes in step 3 see the government advice here. Take a look below for more details on what the changes mean for sport and physical activity.
What does the next step of easing mean for Sport and Physical Activity?
Organised Indoor Sport and Activity
Organised indoor adult and children sport and physical activity can return (including exercises classes) subject to sport-specific guidance. For organised indoor sport and physical activity, limits on group numbers will be determined by the capacity restrictions on indoor facilities, and sport specific guidance.
For non organised sport and indoor gatherings people must abide by the ‘rule of six’ or two households.
In Step 3, people are permitted to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30.
Outdoor organised sport and physical activity is permitted in larger numbers. This means that organised outdoor individual and team sport, outdoor exercise classes (including walking groups) and organised sport participation events can happen with the amount of participants determined by sport specific guidance.
Participants should maintain social distancing when not actively participating.
For sport specific guidance from NGB’s and other sport providers follow the link on this page.
All sports facilities can open. This includes facilities which can be used for sport but are primarily used for leisure (such as trampoline parks, bowling alleys and ice rinks) or which provide physical activity which is not a recognised sport (such as airsoft venues).
Some large events, including sports events will be permitted. 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.
For more information about about What Step 3 means for sport and physical activity see Sport England’s FAQ page