The Guernsey Sports Commission has sought clarity from Public Health over what sporting activities may be possible as the island exits from lockdown.
Recovery Stage 1 which is due to start on Monday 22nd February allows for outdoor gatherings of up to 5 people as long as they maintain a minimum of 2m social distance.
This will allow a limited amount of sporting activity to take place. For example, Public Health have confirmed that this will allow groups of up to 5 cyclists to ride together as part of their 4 hours of daily exercise – as long as they maintain a 2m distance between them.
Golfers will be allowed to play (although clubhouse facilities will remain closed) as long as they comply with strict procedures including an online process for signing in and out as implemented by the respective golf clubs. All games must be played within the 4 hour exercise window and social distancing should be maintained throughout. Clubs will need to register with the States of Guernsey and confirm any method statement outlining the way they propose operating. Further details can be found at https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/business/operate
Athletes may meet in groups of up to 5 for training. Again social distancing must be adhered to and all training is to be completed within the 4 hour exercise limit.
As always, anyone exercising should comply with all Public Health guidelines for hand washing, use of hand sanitiser, etc. and be aware of what to do if feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms. All advice is available on https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance
When exercising outside you are not required to wear face coverings although it is advised and remains a matter of choice for the individual.
Face coverings are mandatory in any indoor public space.
If any sporting organisation has any questions or requires further clarity on what may be allowed at this time please contact the Sports Commission’s Relationship Director Steve Sharman at firstname.lastname@example.org who will seek guidance from Public Health.
We are looking forward to further easing of restrictions which will come as part of Recovery Stages 2 and 3 when more opportunities for sport and recreation should become available. The Guernsey Sports Commission will look to publish further guidance in due course but in the interim the overriding message is to stay at home wherever possible.