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Guidance for Personal Trainers & Coaches on the Phased Return of Sport & Recreation in England.

Applies to: England (see guidance for WalesScotland, and Northern Ireland)

While this guidance applies to England, you should always consider whether there are local restrictions in place in your area. If you live, work or volunteer in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local restrictions pages to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.

If you are a personal trainer/coach you can now work with clients outdoors, providing you are meeting no more than 5 other people from outside of your household, outdoors, and you follow social distancing guidelines.

You can meet with different clients in a single day as long as it is in gatherings of no more than 6 and you are maintaining social distancing.

You should also enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning any equipment rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antiviral spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use. See also advice on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events.

Personal trainers and coaching

Personal training or coaching is permitted outside, if people are able to follow social distancing guidelines and provided no more than 6 people from different households are gathering. For advice on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events please follow the guidance further down this page.

Under social distancing guidelines parents can take their children to a coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed 6 people from different households. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant National Governing Body Safeguarding Policies and
Procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.

What we’re doing

You can now exercise alone, with members of your household, or with up to 5 other people from outside your household. Up to two households are permitted to gather in groups of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors, provided members of different households can follow social distancing guidelines. Otherwise, gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors continue not to be permitted, unless this is essential for work purposes.

Single adult households are now able to form a support bubble with one other household. For the purposes of this guidance, all references to ‘households’ also include their support bubble.

Social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households wherever possible. This means a distance of 2m between people from different households, or 1m plus mitigations (such as face coverings or avoiding face-to-face contact) where 2m is not possible.

Check in advance if the facilities you want to use have reopened.

When exercising in the countryside remember to follow the countryside code and act responsibly.

If possible, hand sanitise at intervals if your sport or recreation means you have to touch communal surfaces.

Once you are home remember to wash your hands.

Try to avoid using shared equipment such as racquets and bats.

If catering facilities are open at the venue (for takeaway items) respect social distancing whilst queuing for food and drink. Do not share food items, cups, plates or eating utensils with anyone else.

If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and you should not have visitors to your household.

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others; you can spread the virus to others even if you never get symptoms.

It is important, as more sports and activities restart, that absolutely everyone is able to access these opportunities. This includes disabled people, for whom the health and well-being benefits of activity can be particularly important.

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