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Coronavirus Updates

The latest news and guidance about coronavirus and what it means for sport and physical activity in County Durham.

11th May: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do have recently changed, and there will be additional changes on May 17th too. However, it’s important to note that many restrictions remain in place for the health and wellbeing of the nation. You will be able to socialise indoors from the 17th May. This is one way restrictions are loosening.

You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 (roadmap)’ for more information on roadmap out of lockdown in England. It is underpinned by law.

Currently you can:

Read the guidance for more information on what you can and cannot do.

Exercise, sport and physical activity.

Currently, you can exercise outdoors in a group of 6 / or 2 households and you can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Groups of 6 or no more than 2 households can attend informally organised sport though which is important to note. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.

Outdoor sport and leisure facilities are open. Indoor gyms and other sports facilities are open but traffic light systems / reduce capacity is in place. For sport, 100sq foot has to be available for each person who is taking part. This is an effort to continue the necessary social distancing protocols. Use of showers / changing rooms should be minimised wherever possible. From 17th May it’ll also be accepted to attend fitness classes which are held indoors, including in someone else’s home.

Car sharing to and from sport participation is also permitted from May 17th on, but travel should also be minimised where possible.

Sport Spectating

From 17th May, you’ll be able to attend a sporting event to spectate and it’ll be acceptable for 30 people to spectate at the same time, with social distancing rules in place.

Until 17th May, you must not meet indoors for sport, except for:

You should follow the guidance:

 Elite sportspeople

Currently, elite sportspeople (or those on an official elite sports pathway) can meet in larger groups or meet indoors to compete and train. They can be joined by their coaches if necessary, or their parents and guardians if they’re under 18.

Messaging From Durham County Council

County Durham’s sport facility accessibility and physical activity protocol will be communicated via Durham County Council. You can find more information here.

Sport On A National Level

Sport England is sharing the advice which is delivered by the government via their website. You can read more about this and follow the updates on the Sport England website here.

Sport England have also pulled together a briefing note around people’s attitudes and feelings about #ReturnToPlay

Reminder – the importance of staying active particularly during this time for both physical and mental health – visit our pages to give you further ideas and support to help you keep active.