Latest Government Guidance

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On 23 June the Prime Minister provided a statement on the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. From 4 July, people will be able to meet in groups of up to two households in any location, indoors or outdoors.

When meeting outdoors, groups of up to 6 people from different households can continue to meet and take part in exercise as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

From 4 July a number of businesses and other venues will be able to reopen. Accommodation providers such as hotels, campsites and caravan parks will be permitted to open and people will be able to stay overnight with one other household. People will also be able to stay overnight in private residences with one other household.

The government is also allowing venues such as places of worship, community centres and social clubs to open. The government strongly advises against indoor fitness and sport activity taking place in venues which are now able to reopen - e.g community centres.

Indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities and swimming pools must remain closed. CEO Lisa Wainwright has made a statement on the continued closure of indoor facilities.

For further information on the changes to the guidance from 4 July, take a look at the government’s FAQ document.

The government announced that from Monday 1 June, groups of up to six people would be able to meet outdoors in England, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces.

You can now exercise alone, with members of your household, or with up to, but no more than 5 other people from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

Gatherings of more than 6 people are not permitted (unless an exemption applies, for example, if you are from one household or if it’s essential for work purposes).

Social distancing of 2 metres applies to people outside of your household. If you are playing sport or exercising with people from your own household, the 2 metre rule does not apply.

We continue to work with our members, government and sector stakeholders to understand how these changes will take effect.

DCMS has issued the following update:

Key messages

  • Check in advance if the facilities you want to use have reopened.
  • When exercising in the countryside remember to follow the countryside code and act responsibly.
  • If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if your sport or recreation means you have to touch communal surfaces.
  • Once you are home remember to wash your hands.
  • Try to avoid using shared equipment such as racquets and bats.
  • If catering facilities are open at the venue (for takeaway items) respect social distancing whilst queuing for food and drink. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.

 

Guidance for the public

The full DCMS guidance can be found here and offers advice on:

  • What government are doing
  • What has changed
  • Travelling for Physical Activity
  • Clincally vulnerable people
  • If you have children with you
  • Using sports facilities
  • Individual sports

 

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches

Personal training or coaching is permitted if outside and if people are a minimum of 2 metres apart and providing there are gatherings of no more than 6 people from different households.

Under the new social distancing guidelines, which allow up to, but no more than 6 people to gather, parents can take their children to a 1-1 coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed 6 people.

Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant National Governing Body Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.

 

Guidance for providers of outdoors facilities

Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities were permitted to reopen Outdoor sports courts are allowed to be open if those responsible for them can open them safely.

This included basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private) and playing fields and water sports. However outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor and indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready.

The full DCMS guidance can be found here and offers advice on:

  • Principles to help organisations prepare for a phased return to play
  • Reopening your outdoor sports facility
  • Keeping facilities and equipment clean
  • Keeping staff and customers safe
  • Restaurants, changing rooms and car parks

 

Elite sport return to training and competition guidance

On 30 May, the government released, the stage three guidance: Elite Sport Return to Domestic Competition Guidance. This can be viewed here.

 

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) have also issued additional support on inland waterways and navigation.

Q&A on inland waterways and navigation

What water-based activities can I take part in?

  • All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.
  • You may participate in water-based activities as an individual, household group, or as a pair of two people from different households who are socially distancing (i.e. you should keep 2 metres apart). For example, it would not be possible to form a ‘double’ canoe or kayak or rowing boat with someone from outside your household because it would be impossible when doing so to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • As longer trips outdoors generally are allowed from Wednesday 13 May, owners of both private and commercial boats can now make day visits to their moored boats in marinas and elsewhere to ensure they are properly maintained.
  • Non-essential travel on waterways by privately-owned boats (both powered and non-powered) may be resumed, subject to guidance permitting it by the relevant navigation authority and compliance with all licensing requirements.

Navigation authorities may apply a time-lag before leisure travel on their waterways can resume, to allow their teams to carry out essential safety inspections and maintenance to canal and river channels and structures. For example, for the Environment Agency, private boating may not recommence until June.

  • Commercial boating operations will remain closed though may resume when the hospitality sector is anticipating starting to re-open in July.

 

If angling is being permitted then am I also allowed to go canoeing/paddling?

  • Where individuals have either a licence with the navigation authority or a voluntary agreement with riparian landowners in place, then private canoeing/paddling for individuals within a household only is permitted, subject to being careful and staying away from other users and houseboats.

 

If travel generally no longer has to be essential, can I go to visit my private boat to sit on it and enjoy the sunshine?

  • People are permitted to travel to make day visits to their private boats in marinas and elsewhere to sit in them with their household only, subject to being careful and staying away from other users and houseboats in line with social distancing guidelines.

 

Can I now go and stay on my boat overnight or for a few days?

  • The guidance on staying at your primary residence still applies, so no overnight visits to private boats or for extended stays are permitted.

 

Can I go on my private boat with someone from a different household if we stay two metres apart?

  • On small private boats it would not be possible to be in the same boat with someone from outside of your household because it would be impossible when doing so to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • On larger private boats, where possible we recommend that you avoid sharing a boat with a person from a different household. If you do share a boat with someone outside of your household, then where possible, you should stay at least two metres apart – and it should only be with one other person. Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission on boats. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning. Frequent cleaning of boats, using your usual cleaning products, is advised. As is removing waste and belongings from boats when finishing a day-trip.

 

If we are allowing people to visit their private boats, am I also allowed to travel on a private boat along waterways for leisure?

  • Private boating on waterways may be resumed at this stage only for day visits, subject to guidance and/or any restrictions put in place by the relevant navigation authority.  Overnight stays are not permitted.
  • Navigation authorities may apply a time-lag before private leisure travel on their waterways can resume, to allow their teams to carry out essential safety inspections and maintenance to canal and river channels and structures.  For example, for the Environment Agency, private boating may not recommence until June.

 

Will marinas re-open to allow people to visit their boats and carry out essential maintenance?

  • Marinas may re-open to allow people to visit their boats to carry out maintenance, ensuring appropriate measures are in place to follow social distancing guidelines.

 

Am I allowed to walk around marinas, as well as access my boat to sit on?

  • This is primarily a matter for the marina operators to decide, but if it can be done safely following social distancing guidelines then it should be possible.

 

Am I allowed to remove my boat from the marina for private boating?

  • This is primarily a matter for the marina operators to decide, but if it can be done safely following social distancing guidelines then it should be possible.
  • Navigation authorities may apply a time-lag before leisure travel on their waterways can resume, to allow their teams to carry out essential safety inspections and maintenance to canal and river channels and structures.  For example, for the Environment Agency, private boating may not recommence until June.

 

What steps should be taken to safely open a marina?

  • Refer to government guidance on outdoor sports facilities and maintaining social distancing.

 

Can members of the same household travel from their house to use a hire boat operation?

  • Commercial boating operations will remain closed though may resume when the hospitality sector is anticipating starting to re-open in July.

 

Are waterways businesses such as tour boats allowed to open now under this guidance, or in July onwards under hospitality?

  • Commercial boating operations will remain closed though may resume when the hospitality sector is anticipating starting to re-open in July.

 

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