COVID-19 Update

The Government has outlined the measures that will allow indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities to reopen from 25 July, meaning people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.

The guidance, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has been compiled with input from the trade body ukactive, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport England and other sports bodies, and in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Venues must ensure they can enable customers, staff and volunteers to maintain social distancing before, during and after participation.

Measures set out in the guidance include:

  • Limiting the number of people using the facility at any one time.

  • Reducing class sizes and allowing sufficient time between each class to avoid groups waiting outside during changeover;

  • Spacing out equipment or taking some out of service to maintain social distancing;

  • Enhanced cleaning and providing hand sanitizer throughout venues;

  • Considering how the way people walk through their venue could be adjusted to reduce contact, with queue management or one-way systems;

  • Ensuring adequate ventilation;

  • Encouraging the use of outdoor spaces for individual, team or group activities, making sure to comply with the latest restrictions on public gatherings;

  • Exercise or dance studios should have temporary floor markings where possible to help people stay distanced during classes;

  • Customers and staff should be encouraged to shower and change at home wherever possible, although changing rooms will be available.

This latest guidance is part of the Government’s carefully-designed package to ease the burdens of lockdown in a way that is expected to keep the R rate, the average number of secondary infections produced by 1 infected person, down. The phased approach is outlined in the Prime Minister’s roadmap for easing lockdown. As the Prime Minister has always said, the Government keeps these measures under review, and will not hesitate to apply the handbrakes if required.

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