Sports and Recreation Facilities - Phased Re-opening

On 1 June the Government updated its guidance for providers of outdoor facilities setting out the phased return of sport and recreation in England.  This information will be useful in rural communities where they have outdoor sports facilities but also applies to personal trainers and coaches, as well as to the public.

  • Outdoor sports facilities (such as basketball and tennis courts, bowling greens and golf courses) and facilities for other outdoor sporting activities are permitted to reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance, in particular the rules relating to 2m social distancing and hygiene.  Indoor facilities, such as clubhouses, should be kept closed, apart from toilets and through-ways. Clubhouse bars and restaurants can offer take-away services, but consumption must be off the premises.
  • Each venue, including council-owned sport facilities, should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely.  It is a decision for facility managers whether they hire out equipment, but they must implement sensible precautions, and clean equipment in between users.
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools must remain closed due to the higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces.  Indoor facilities (such as changing rooms) should be kept closed, apart from toilets and through-ways.
  • Personal trainers may work with no more than 5 people from outside the personal trainer’s household, outdoors, staying 2 meters apart and enforcing strong hygiene measures.

You can find information about financial support for village halls in response to Covid-19 here. Please also refer to the news page of our website for all the latest Covid-19 updates for village halls and playing fields including guidance for re-opening a community building post Covid-19 closure.