Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

5th January 2021

On Monday 4th January the Prime Minister announced England would be going into a National Lockdown to try to reduce the steep rise of infection.

Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms are included in the list of businesses that have been instructed to close.

Some businesses are permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities which includes:

  • education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend
  • for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities).

Full details on the restrictions and the businesses this affects can be found on the Government website. See the link below.

National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (

Useful links:

Coronavirus: what happens next? | Sport England

Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities – Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance – GOV.UK (

Coronavirus | Sport England

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of elite sport – GOV.UK (