We know this is a hugely challenging time for the sport and physical activity sector as the country deals with the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). 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.
- 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 isn’t covered by any exemptions, and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors.
- 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, can be found in Sport England’s frequently asked questions page.
COVID 19 Solihull Council Guidance
Solihull Council have developed some guidance notes for the following areas:
1. Solihull Council directly provided or commissioned sport and/or physical activity programmes
2. Sport and/or physical activities run by key partners with whom the Council has a contract
3. Organisations who lease, hire or utilise parks, open space or property from the Council
4. Sport and physical activity providers who deliver activity within Solihull borough i.e. sports clubs, Community Interest Companies.
Guidance for those wishing to restart sport and/or physical activity in Solihull:
- COVID 19 Guidance for sport and physical activity
- Appendix 1: Examples of COVID 19 considerations
- Appendix 2: Examples of risk assessment checklists COVID 19 Guidance