Green light for gyms, more coaching & more events

Scottish Government's commitment to the resumption of sport takes us closer to 'normal life' again

The Scottish Government has announced a timetable for the further easing of restrictions relating to sport and physical activity. The announcement comes as scottishathletics has begun licensing events again.  

While Government guidance remains that coaching and club sessions must be limited to groups of no more than 15 people from no more than five households (including the coach), from today (Monday, 3 August) those coaching adults can meet with more than one group of four households per day.

It is understood the Scottish Government is currently reviewing the restrictions on group size and will make a decision on whether group size can be increased in due course. 

There will be further relaxation of lockdown three weeks from today (Monday, 24 August) when organised outdoor contact sport will be allowed to resume as normal for adults: good news for any runners who also take part in other outdoor activities.   

On the same date live outdoor events will also be allowed to resume, as long as they comply with regulations regarding physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers.

Three weeks after that comes the perhaps the most significant of the current batch of changes, as indoor sports facilities are allowed to reopen on Monday, 14 September – if not sooner.

As you might expect, gyms, swimming pools and sports stadia will have to follow guidance on physical distancing and enhanced hygiene.

Some indoor children’s activities may be allowed to resume earlier – good news for parents who make use of their children’s sessions to do their own runs.  

On the same day, live indoor events will be allowed to resume, subject to physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers.

While welcoming the further moves out of lockdown, scottishathletics urges its members to respect the new guidelines: “It is important to remember that public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority and that we have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent a second wave.”

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