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23rd February 2021

Lockdown Restrictions Easing Roadmap and Sport

The Prime Minister set out a roadmap on 22 February to easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

England Handball will liaise with Sport England and the DCMS to understand exactly what this roadmap means for handball, after which we will update our return-to-play advice.

What we do know is that:

From 8 March 

  • Under-18 sport can take place at school, solely, as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care.
  • The stay-at-home restriction will stay in place. However, people will be able to leave home for exercise and recreation outdoors with:
    • Their own household
    • Support bubble
    • Childcare bubble
    • One person from another household
  • Social distancing and contact rules should be followed.

From 29 March 

  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming pools, can reopen.
  • Formally organised outdoor sports - for adults and under 18s - can also restart. They will not be subject to gatherings limits where this takes place under governing body guidance. Informal outdoor sport and recreation will be subject to the Rule-of-Six.

No earlier than 12 April

  • Indoor leisure (including gyms) will be open for use individually, or within household groups.
  • All children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance. Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors.

No earlier than 17 May

  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will be allowed. 

No earlier than 21 June

  • The government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact

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