Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement: Monday 4th January 2021
Posted: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 12:03
Following the Government's latest announcement (Wednesday 30th December 2020) that all parts of Somerset will enter Tier 4 of the Government's tiered Coronavirus system from midnight on 31st December 2020, please see below for information on our programmes that will be suspended with immediate effect and those that will continue but under constant review. We appreciate that the current situation is extremely frustrating, however the safety and wellbeing of Somerset people is paramount and we must follow the guidance from the Government. Stay Safe and Well.
It is vital that members of the public continue to lead active lives for physical and emotional wellbeing throughout this period, whether that's exercise at home or walking and cycling, where its possible and safe to do so. Remember you can only exercise outside with the people you live with, with your support bubble or with 1 other person from another household in a public place.
Children and Young People Programmes
Indoor sport is allowed for under-18s for educational purposes or to facilitate childcare that enables parents or carers to work, seek work or take part in education. Outside of this only outdoor supervised sport is allowed to be organised. Therefore we will continue to support schools with virtual offerings. Any events that were planned are under review.
Organised outdoor sport for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020) and disabled people is allowed, so our disability programme will continue to run until further notice. Please contact Carly Ridgwell for more details.
Our Curriculum Swimming and Learn to Swim is suspended until pools reopen. Please see our website for more information or contact Amy Smith directly.
Our Jump Start clubs are cancelled until further notice but one to one mentoring is still continuing either online or outside with social distancing. Please contact Laura Dyke for more information or visit our website.
Active Adult Programmes
The Beach Gym is closed and all community delivery is suspended until the restrictions are lifted. This includes Health Walks, the Revive Sports Programme, Adult Social Leagues and sessions and the Active Spaces Programme.
Here is some brief guidance below to what you can do to keep active...
Tier 4 General Government Guidance on Sport and Physical Activity
- People can exercise outdoors or visit some public outdoor places, such as parks, the countryside, public gardens or outdoor sports facilities. They can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in a public outdoor place with their household, support bubble, or one other person.
- Outdoor sports facilities are allowed to open and can be used by individual households, bubbles or two people from different households. This applies to outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges, riding centres and playgrounds.
- Organised outdoor sport for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020) and disabled people is allowed.
- Indoor sport is allowed for under-18s for educational purposes or to facilitate childcare that enables parents or carers to work, seek work or take part in education.
- Adult sport can't take place indoors under any circumstances, with gyms and swimming pools having to close.
- There are no exceptions for disabled people taking part in sport or physical activity indoors.
In tier 4 the exemptions are only for:
- Elite sport that follows the government's elite sport guidance
- Sport as part of the curriculum in education
- Supervised outdoor sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020)
- Outdoor activities for disabled people.