Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

Active Cornwall Blog 3 - The Roadmap Out of Lockdown Draws Near

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We all welcomed the government announcement on Monday 22nd February as it signposted a return to some normality to the activities we are all passionate about. The roadmap sets out the earliest dates by which various activities can return.

This staged return allows us all to see, anticipate and prepare around a number of key dates, subject to the four key tests of the virus and transmission.

Subject to the Four Tests there are a number of steps in the roadmap to the full reopening of society.

Step One
To the great relief of all home schoolers and for the young people themselves schools will be the first to return from Monday 8th March.

Operational Guidance Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk) has been produced for schools setting out the return in some detail. This includes guidance on wrap around care and extra curriculum activity (see page 51) There is also updated guidance on Physical Activity in Schools on page 58.

Many schools will understand the  physical and social value of encouraging children and young people to be active as soon as possible on their return. Extra curricular sport and physical activity opportunities have an important role to play after so long away from friends and favourite routines. Schools looking to make an immediate start on extra curricular activity are encouraged to get in touch with ourselves at Active Cornwall as we have further support, guidance and resources available to assist you.

The next key date on the routemap is Monday 29th March when again subject to the four tests outdoor sport and recreation can begin. We know this includes golf, tennis and bowls. Each of the governing bodies are producing specific guidance for their sports. We suggest that to know the arrangements for any particular sport you visit the home pages of the sport's governing body who will be negotiating the specific dates and rules under which that sport can return. At the time of writing the exact details are still being confirmed.

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen. People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

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Step 2 - not before 12th April
Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Step 3 - not before 17 May
Indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children's play areas; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

Step 4 - not before 21 June
The government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.

It is hoped to be able to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3
Read more about the road map out of Lockdown https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

Regardless of the government roadmap people will make their own decisions about when they feel ready to venture out of the house and take part in activity. We should not forget that many people have been staying indoors and not going out because of concerns for their health these past weeks and months. It is likely to take a little while for people to get their confidence back and return to their favourite activities.

If you are an activity provider or venue you have  a key role to play in encouraging people back to activity. Research from lockdown 1 which began in March 2020 indicated that a significant number of people were put off organised activity due to being unsure about the Covid secure measures in place at the venue they wished to visit. We can all give people in Cornwall the confidence to return to activity by making sure that while Covid restrictions remain in place, that we give and follow clear guidelines to give people the confidence to return.

Follow the rules and let's get active safely Cornwall!

Contact Active Cornwall:info@activecornwall.org