Latest Covid-19 guidelines

20 October 2020


SPORT ENGLAND have now updated their FAQ’s page in line with the new government guidance.



On 7th October 2020, the First Minister made a statement to Scottish Parliament to set-out a tightening of coronavirus-related restrictions, especially in five NHS areas in response to an increase in the rate of spread of the virus.

The primary measures impacting on sport are regional in their reach, covering the following NHS Health Boards and local authorities;

NHS Ayrshire & Arran (North, South and East Ayrshire local authority areas),
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde local authority areas),
NHS Lanarkshire (North and South Lanarkshire local authority areas),
NHS Forth Valley (Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk local authority areas) and
NHS Lothian (Edinburgh, East, West and Mid-Lothian local authority areas).

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Following the First Minister’s statement that from Monday 19th October face coverings must be worn in all communal areas in indoor workplaces, where people mingle or gather (except where exemptions apply such as where measures are in place to keep persons separated), please read the following information.

Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas in indoor workplaces, where people mingle or gather (except where exemptions apply, such as where measures are in place to keep persons separated).

Please find below more details on how this will apply for agriculture, horticulture and rural businesses across Scotland.

This rule only applies indoors, such as communal areas in workplaces that are substantially or fully enclosed, i.e. if the walls and sides create an area that is more than 50% fully enclosed. People responsible for relevant premises should take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law, so if you are an owner of the business or employer, you should consider if any of your buildings constitute an indoor environment, and assist users of that space to be aware of their obligation to wear a face covering there, unless an exemption applies. Exemptions include where measures have been taken to ensure the legally required separation in that area of the workplace, or when a person is undertaking tasks in the course of their employment where the wearing of a face covering would cause a material risk of harm, such as handling large unpredictable livestock. Please find a link to the published regulations for further information:

Face coverings must be worn in staff canteens, except when seated at a table or eating and drinking.

The use of face coverings should already be part of COVID-19 contingency planning measures being undertaken by agricultural, horticulture and rural businesses across Scotland.


Please be advised that the First Minister has advised that the Welsh Government intends to amend the regulations to allow children to travel outside of local lockdown areas to participate in organised sport. Details on when the change to the regulations will come into effect have not yet been confirmed, but this is likely to be effective from Monday next week.

Once the amendment comes into effect, children in Wales will be able to leave their home county, even if it is subject to local lockdown rules, to participate in organised sport. Those living in areas not subject to lockdown restrictions would also be permitted to enter locked down areas to play sport.

BBC News report

All other local lockdown restrictions in Wales remain in place.