While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month.
Sport England have put together a return to play page that includes links to government guidelines and frequently asked questions.
Details of Merseyside’s local authority leisure providers are available on this page to help you find out everything you need to know about their plans to re-open facilities safely.
However, one thing that remains the same for most of us is that being physically active is great for our body and mind!
In fact, it can actually prevent many illnesses.
You may need to change HOW you get active though, based on the latest government advice. So we’ve pulled together some resources that could help whether you:
• are looking to start using facilities that are re-opening
• are staying at home to self-isolate
(but don’t have coronavirus symptoms)
• are working from home
• have children who aren’t in school
We know lots of you are looking forward to being able to use indoor gyms, sport and leisure facilities once they re-open.
Many providers in Merseyside are providing alternatives that you can take part in in the meantime, such as online workouts, and are already working hard behind the scenes to plan the safe re-opening of their facilities and sessions when that’s possible.
Local facilities will be publishing information to update you about how they will be re-opening safely via their websites.
Here are links to Merseyside’s local authority-run leisure facilities and schemes to check out and keep an eye on:
Our BeFit4baby page has resources to help pregnant ladies get all the benefits of exercise, even in these unusual times. Just visit www.merseysidesport.com/be-fit-4-baby/
Getting physically active is a great way to look after your mental health. As well as getting moving you might also like to check out these extra resources.
The legal bit.
If you choose to take part in any of the workouts or activities being signposted to from this page then it’s important you know that you do so at your own risk.
Is physical activity suitable for me if I have a long-term health condition?
This is something that is very much personal to you as an individual and your particular condition. However, this is the advice from the national We Are Undefeatable campaign, which is led by 15 of the major health charities and backed by expertise and insight from Sport England:
‘A small proportion of people with specific conditions who are symptomatic (i.e. with cardiovascular, metabolic or renal disease) may need medical advice. However, most people can take part in low and moderate-intensity physical activity without visiting a healthcare professional first.’