‘Working Safely’ guidance for businesses

The government has updated some of the ‘Working Safely’ guidance to reflect the new National Restrictions, this will continue to happen during the next few days.

Here are the changes summarised:

Providers of Grassroots Sport & Gym Facilities


  • Sport and leisure facilities, such as leisure centres, swimming pools, gyms and sport clubs, will have to close during the national restrictions. This applies to both indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, sport facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, climbing walls and climbing centres, and archery and shooting ranges.
  • You can visit outdoor public places in order to exercise, including parks, beaches, the countryside and public gardens. Personal trainers and sports coaches should only provide training in public outdoor spaces, such as parks.
  • This guidance applies to children and adults.
  • Schools remain open and children can participate in PE and sport where it is part of the curriculum or part of the core timetable of the school. Sporting and physical activity is also permitted as part of other supervised activities for children (such as wraparound care), where it is necessary to enable their parents or carers to work, seek work, attend education or training, or for respite care.
  • Most organised children’s sport outside school activity will have to cease, but there are some allowances for childcare. Parents should continue to use these childcare facilities where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, seek work, attend training or education, or for respite care.
  • Other educational facilities such as further education colleges and universities can also continue to provide curriculum sport, but this does not extend to extra-curricular sport such as sport clubs or societies, including playing for a college / university team, and there should be no inter-mural sporting fixtures or competitions.
  • Sport facilities must close during the national restrictions. This applies to both indoor and outdoor facilities. However access to facilities can be provided where needed for elite athletes to train, or for use by schools or providers for post-16 education or training, or for supervised activities for children which are necessary to enable parents to work, seek work, attend education or training, or respite care.
  • This requirement includes indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, sport centres or amenities, leisure centres and gyms, and sport facilities including swimming pools, sport courts, golf courses and driving ranges, fitness studios, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, and other such facilities.

The visitor economy


The new national restrictions mean:

  • Certain businesses and venues will be ordered to close.  These include:
    • indoor and outdoor leisure, games and recreation facilities such as bowling alleys, skating rinks, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, soft play facilities, funfairs and fairgrounds, zoos and other animal attractions, and water, aqua and theme parks
    • indoor areas of botanical gardens and heritage sites should close, although outdoor areas of those venues can remain open and can offer food and drink as a takeaway service. Alcohol may only be sold as delivery or click and collect.
    • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, arcades and bingo halls
    • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, spas, and massage parlours
    • all non-essential retail, including vehicle showrooms
    • hospitality venues like cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs must close; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions set out in law. Restaurants and bars within guest accommodation should remain closed although food and/or drink including alcohol can be provided through room service as long as it is ordered by phone or online. Communal spaces such as lounges or lobbies may remain open to guests but no food or drink should be served in these spaces, people should be encouraged not to gather and social distancing should be observed. Further information can be found in the guidance for Hotels and Other Guest Accommodation.
  • Business meetings and events are advised against, but may take place with up to a total of 30 people if reasonably necessary – for example for the purposes of work that cannot be done at home – if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance.
  • Event spaces, including in conference centres and exhibition halls, can be used for reasons permitted by law, including for business events of up to 30 where reasonably necessary, for education and training purposes where reasonably necessary, or to provide socially beneficial public services such as Nightingale hospitals or food banks. Conference centres and exhibition halls should remain closed for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining or banqueting events.

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