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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Children's activities

Rules for sports

In line with guidelines from national sporting bodies, you can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors.

Organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in with people you do not live with or share a support bubble with. There are exceptions to enable disability and youth sport and physical activity indoors, in any number, see more detail below.

The organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

You should follow the guidance:

Exemptions for disability, youth sport and physical activity indoors

Under-18s and disabled people can play sport indoors in any number, provided that the organiser has conducted a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

Please note, that bookings are at the discretion of the operator/facility.

Booking sport facilities

Unless an individual is a qualified instructor, or represents a club, national governing body, company or charity, they'll be unable to book facilities (such as court hire) for a group larger than six people, unless the group is from the same household or support bubble.

Please note, this is also at the discretion of the operator/facility.

Can people get closer than 2 metres for non-professional sport and exercise purposes?

The government guidance sets the overarching framework from which team sports will need to work. Each sport will then have their specific guidance cleared through Public Health England/the Health and Safety Executive.

People will only be able to get closer than 2m for competitive purposes subject to cleared guidance for the respective sport and this will only apply to playing the sport itself. You must continue to socially distance while travelling, getting changed, speaking to the coach, etc.


Outdoors: We advise that you should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectator in the affected local areas. If you do attend, you must remain socially distanced and in groups of no more than six when outdoors (and if indoors only with your household or support bubble).

Football: As per Northumberland FA's guidance, only one parent/carer per player can attend matches/training and face coverings should be worn unless exempt.

Indoors: No indoor spectators are allowed. Adults who are acting in a safeguarding/supervising capacity are exempt (face coverings should be worn unless exempt).

Classes and activities

Your child can attend classes and activities like gymnastics, dance, baby groups etc., but they must socially distance from one another.


It's very important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with coronavirus. You should:

  • Try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt.

It's also really important that surfaces are cleaned regularly - this includes before, during and after the activities.

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