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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.

29 March: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. 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.

From 29 March:

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

Exercise, sport and physical activity.

You can exercise outdoors in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles, if eligible).

You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.

Outdoor sport and leisure facilities may open. Indoor gyms and other sports facilities, including changing rooms, will remain closed.

You must not meet indoors for sport, except for:

You should follow the guidance:


Elite sportspeople

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