In England (government’s version 16 May 2021📌)
From 17 May📌 adults and children can take part in outdoor sport with any number of participants, where it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body, business or charity) and follows COVID-secure guidance. This applies to organised outdoor (individual and team) sports, outdoor exercise classes, organised sports participation events and outdoor licensed physical activity. When not taking part in organised sport, people should only gather in groups of up to 30 people outdoors, and groups of up to 6 people (or 2 households/bubbles) indoors.
Contact Combat Sport Framework, in England from 17 May📌:
- Outdoors: approved contact combat sports can resume outdoors at phase 2 of the contact combat sports framework for children, and phase 1 for adults;
- Indoors: approved contact combat sports can resume indoors at phase 2 for children. Adults can resume indoors at phase 1, but any activity that does not meet social distancing guidance (i.e., pad work) can only take place between people from the same household or support bubble.
- At phase 1, contact combat sports can resume contact training. They can train with others and do not have to maintain 2m social distance. This is solely for the use of training with handheld and wearable equipment (such as pad work), and during this phase there should be no direct personal contact or contact with clothing.
- Training which involves contact should take place within ‘training bubbles’, in accordance with the relevant social contact rules at that step of the roadmap. Individuals may only be part of a single bubble at an individual club/gym. Individuals may not be part of multiple bubbles at the same or at different venues.
Where sport is not formally organised, it can only take place within the rules on social contact above – in groups of up to 6 people, or two households. Therefore, make sure your SU/ Sports department have vetted your return to sport plan.
See the government’s combat sport specific rules and the Return to Sport Phases tab on this page for a detailed summary.
In Scotland (government’s version 21 May 2021📌)
The Scottish Government’s official guidance for the COVID-19 protection level for each local authority is available here. A list of contact and non-contact sports and activities is available here – this includes overview of what constitutes contact and non-contact sports and activities.
See the current Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels – these determine what restrictions on participating in sport/ martial arts are in place based on your area’s protection level for different age groups, indoors and outdoors.
- most of mainland Scotland (and islands not at Level 1) are at Level 2
- Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the Argyll and Bute islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva are at Level 1
- Moray and Glasgow City local council areas are at Level 3
In Wales (government’s version 10 May 2021📌)
From 17 May 2021📌:
The limit on organised outdoor activities will increase to 50 people, subject to confirmation, if conditions allow.
Organised indoor activities for up to 15 adults (including group exercise classes) are permitted, alcohol may not be served.
An organised activity must be organised by a business, public body or a charitable, benevolent, educational or philanthropic institution, a club or political organisation, or the national governing body of a sport or other activity. The organiser of the activity must meet requirements in the regulations to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus and must carry out a risk assessment.
Organised activities do not include activities such as parties or wider social gatherings of families and friends beyond the arrangements for meeting other people. Organised activities must not take place in private homes, including in the gardens or grounds. Organised activities must not involve the consumption of alcohol.
In Northern Ireland (government’s version 19 May 2021📌)
Pending review, see here for updates: From 24 May📌 the return of indoor group exercise and training; this also represents a return to indoor club training in squads can resume if organised by clubs/individuals affiliated to recognised sports governing bodies or representative organisations for sport and physical activity.
- Social distancing
- Risk assessment to maximum capacity
- All contact details must be taken and retained
An indicative date of 31 May📌 has been set for the return of competitive indoor sport (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations).
In all regions
all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in sport or officiate if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste
Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation; 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.