Sport England Logo Blue RGBSport England have now published new guidance following the PM’s announcement on Sunday.

This is under the umbrella heading of Return to Play and relates to amended public health guidelines in relation to sporting and recreational activities


As confirmed in the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10th May and further guidance published today, there will be changes to public health guidelines which mean that people can go outside more than once a day for exercise if they are following social distancing guidelines.  

Government have confirmed that - from Wednesday 13th May - the public “will be able to:

  • spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart

At all times, the public should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when they are outside the home, including ensuring they are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, the public cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)”

There are some sports and activities that will find it easier to operate within these guidelines than others – individual pursuits or sports where there is a natural amount of social distancing already – but I know that every sport and activity will now be starting to plan to resume when the time is right.

Responsibility for decisions on what happens next ultimately fall to Government, not individual NGBs or Sport England. As an arms-length body of DCMS, Sport England will be supporting Government to work closely with the sector to think about a sensible phased approach in line with public health guidelines.

In the meantime, Sport England will continue to focus on our strategic priorities to support the sector, keep the nation active and focus on the future. This will include using our campaign, Join the Movement, to provide guidance, advice and inspiration to help people to be as active as they can. Advice on how to keep your project or organisations going through coronavirus will also continue to be uploaded to Sport England’s website here.

As the situation continues to develop, we know there will need to be ongoing consultation with projects and organisations in the community sport sector who will have different needs and considerations in order to resume activity. Sport England is committed to supporting its partners and is working with DCMS to develop a comprehensive Q&A document to help you decide the right approach to reviving your sport. If you do have any specific questions, please email them through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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