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Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England



Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities were permitted to reopen Outdoor sports courts are allowed to be open if those responsible for them can open them safely.

This included basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private) and playing fields and water sports. However outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor and indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready.

Principles to help organisations prepare for a phased return to play

Working to ensure the activity can meet public health guidelines

Communicating clearly and consistently

Flexibility and innovation

Reopening your outdoors sports facility

Timetable for reopening

You should only reopen or restart activities as soon as you feel able to do so safely. Until you feel it is safe and responsible to reopen you should remain closed.

Furloughed staff

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. For the latest information on the scheme refer to the guidance.

Taking bookings

Booking in advance, online or over the phone is preferable. Where this is not possible, and a venue has staff available to take bookings (for courts or rounds, for example), consider mandating contactless or at least card payment, to avoid handling cash.

Managing large groups

The government is clear that sports participation should be restricted to participants exercising by themselves, with members from their same household, or in a group of no more than 5 other people from other households, while observing social distancing guidelines. Venues are advised to display signs to this effect.

The police have been given powers to enforce these measures.

Costs of reopening

The government will not help meet the cost of reopening and it will be for each organisation to determine whether it is right for them to re-open at this time.

Keeping facilities and equipment clean

Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.

Frequent cleaning of work areas and equipment between use, using your usual cleaning products, is advised. As is clearing workspaces and removing waste and belongings from work areas at the end of shifts.

Maintaining hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:

Keeping staff and customers safe

The Government has published guidance to help workplaces operate as safely as possible. You should refer to this guidance.

Five key points, to be implemented as soon as is practical are:

For staff only:

You should also provide clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene to visitors on arrival; for example, signage and visual aids.

Social distancing

Public Health England has advised maintaining 2 metres (6ft) to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Protective equipment for staff

When managing the risk of COVID-19, additional PPE beyond what you usually wear is not beneficial.

Unless you are in a situation where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is very high, your risk assessment should reflect the fact that the role of PPE in providing additional protection is extremely limited. However, if your risk assessment does show that PPE is required, then you should provide this PPE free of charge to workers who need it. Any PPE provided must fit properly.

Workplaces should not encourage the precautionary use of extra PPE to protect against COVID-19 except in clinical or care settings (first aid rooms) or when responding to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Where you are already using protective equipment (including PPE) at your facilities to protect against non-COVID-19 risks, you should continue to do so.

Face coverings for staff

If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example on public transport or in some shops. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with if you are infected but have not developed symptoms. Face coverings do not replace social distancing.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough and/or high temperature) you and your household should isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used as part of personal protective equipment by healthcare and other workers; these should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace such as health and care workers and those in industrial settings like those exposed to dust hazards.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, for example primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions. It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

Entering a building to access outdoor courts, use the toilet, or purchase food and drink

If you opt to open your building for these purposes, there are a number of things you can do to help minimise risks and avoid accidental gatherings.

Ensure clear signage is in place so people can find their destination quickly. Looking at how people walk through your building and consider how you could adjust this to reduce congestion and contact between customers. For example, queue management or one-way flow, where possible. Using outside premises for queuing where available and safe, for example car parks.

Take into account total floorspace as well as likely pinch points and busy areas. Limiting the number of customers in the building, overall and in any particular congestion areas, for example doorways between outside and inside spaces. See New guidance on spending time outdoors.

Restaurants, changing rooms and car parks

Bars and restaurants will need to stay closed until further notice. See further guidance on business closures in England.

If there is the capacity and resource to be in a position to serve takeaway food and drinks, then hot and cold food may be served for consumption off the premises (i.e. outside of the building).

At till points, consider mandating contactless or at least card payment, to avoid handling cash. Also ensure the two metre social distancing between customers and servers when food or drink is handed over. Also consider using screens at till points.

Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways, should be kept closed.

You may reopen car parks if you need to.

Source Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-providers-of-outdoor-facilities-on-the-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation#introduction