From 2nd December the government have given renewed guidance regarding the return to grassroots sport. Grassroots sport will be able to go ahead, from December 2nd, in all tiers, however those in the highest tier will face some extra mitigation.
Following the welcome news that gyms, indoor leisure facilities and outdoor sport in England will be allowed to reopen from 2 December, there are still a number of restrictions in place on larger group exercise dependent in which tier you are located.
Indoor sports and exercise do face more restrictions than outdoor sports, due to the increase risk of transmission in enclosed environments.
In Tier 1 areas, indoor sports can take place within the rule of six. This will mean people from different households could play 3 on 3 volleyball, or four people from different households could play doubles tennis or badminton. Large group activities such as training sessions and exercise classes can take place in larger numbers, provided that people are in separate groups (up to 6 people), which do not mix.
In Tier 2 areas, indoor sport can take place within households and people can take part in larger group activity, like exercise classes, as long as there is no mixing between households. People can play certain sports which do not involve close proximity or physical contact against one person from another household, such as a singles tennis or badminton match.
In Tier 3 areas, indoor sport will be restricted to within your household only and there should be no larger group activity such as exercise classes.
Further guidance on this will be published in due course.
To check which Tier you are in and for more localised restrictions, please visit the government post code checker.
If you have specific queries regarding your club or activity, please contact you club or NGB directly.
You can also contact BBS on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01926 424247.