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Coronavirus Updates

As of Tuesday 5th January 2021, the North East along with the whole of England will be placed into a national lockdown amid a surge in Covid cases. This is a hugely important measure to prevent our NHS from being overwhelmed. Everyone must follow this guidance so that the country can control the spread of the virus and manage it.

Exercising and meeting other people

You should minimise time spent outside your home.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

Public outdoor places include:

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

Coastline Visiting

When visiting your local coastline please take care and follow the rules and social distancing guidelines according to the guidance for your area.

National lockdown rules apply in England. Stay at home.

Please take care and follow the rules remembering that you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

If you are exercising at the coast with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, it should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

See specific guidance for ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

We’re in difficult times, but if you’re in trouble at the coast, we’re always here for you. In an emergency at sea or at the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

More details about visiting your local coastline can be read on the government’s website 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 answered some frequently asked questions regarding sport and physical activity during the pandemic, and what is and is not permitted here.

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 whilst you are at home.