In England, from Saturday 25 July, indoor facilities such as gyms, leisure centres and pools will be allowed to reopen, provided operators follow specific government guidelines they can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesse, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Any other gathering in an outdoor space must not be any larger than 30 people. For the facilities that are now allowed to open, each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely.
In Scotland, you can participate in outdoor non-contact sports on your own, with members of your own household and with members of your own household and with members of four other households. Groups should contain no more than fifteen people, but less if possible. (Two other households and maximum group of eight if you or anyone else in the group is shielding.) When participating with people from outside your household you must maintain 2 meters physical distance from them at all times. You should not meet people from more than four other households each day, for any reason (or two other household if you are shielding). Organised adult sports activity such as competition and formal club activity involving people from more than four households are not permitted at this time.
In Wales, you must play sport or exercise alone, with members of your household or your extended household if you have formed one, and/or with members of one other household or extended household, other than as part of an organised group. Organised outdoor activities, including team sports and classes, involving up to 30 people are allowed to take place. The activity must be outdoors and organised by a business, a public body or charitable institution, a club, or the national governing body of sport or other activity. The person organising the activity needs to have carried out an appropriate risk assessment.
In Northern Ireland, outdoor activities in general are now permitted, subject to social distancing being maintained. Indoor sports and leisure centres are permitted to open from 24 July, and the 30 person limit does apply to gatherings relating to indoor sports. The organiser must have carried out a risk assessment which meets the requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.
In all regions, you should not participate in any indoor or outdoor exercise or activity if you are self-isolating.
*the above shows a brief overview of current advice and on the date indicated only – in all cases you should refer to the UK and regional governments primary sources for the very latest legislation updates and advice in full.