Health and wellbeing Coronavirus

Leisure activities

Last updated 10.50am, Tuesday 30June

Exercising outdoors and using outdoor sports / play areas

What’s allowed in relation to sport and physical activity; 

  • Go outside more than once a day for exercise in groups of up to six people, as long as people from different households observe social distancing.
  • Done responsibly and safely, this is good news for grassroots sport and physical activity.
  • It enables people to get together in small groups to do things like walking and cycling, take part in fitness or conditioning sessions with friends or team mates, and allows people who need someone with them when they have a 1-2-1 session to access activity, for example someone who might need a carer. 
  • All of this must be done safely and responsibly, and if someone is planning to exercise or take part in some activity in a small group, they should familiarise themself with all the government guidance around social distancing and hygiene, in particular.
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, or outdoor swimming pools will remain closed
  • Facilities with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen from Wednesday 13 May 2020
  • In Manchester, this update impacts on facilities in our parks and green spaces for accessible outdoor courts, multi-use games areas, BMX / skateboard, angling, and golf (at Heaton Park)
  • Where possible, please avoid using public transport to get to the park / outdoor sport and still try to only visit sites nearby
  • Please take responsibility for your personal hygiene and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home and again on your return home
  • From 4 July, in England, the public can meet people they do not live with in three ways:
  1. continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households
  2. single adult households can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
  3. meet in a group of 2 households (including their support bubble), in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

Sport and play specific information

Supporting you to be more active with MCRactive

Across Manchester, MCRactive are promoting daily messages of support, inspiration, guidance, and updates to the city around physical activity and moving more across their Facebook, Twitter & Instagram channels – tagging in #MCRactive.

If you don’t do so already, follow and connect with MCRactive and pass this message to anyone wanting to stay informed and supported:

Stay safe, move more when and where you can, widen and embrace your virtual social connections, and look after yourself and your loved ones. We can do this!

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Leisure centres closed

From Friday 20 March all leisure and sports centres operated on behalf of Manchester City Council will close to the public until further notice. We have worked hard with facility operators to ensure existing memberships are protected and honoured so that all users / members were unaffected once the facilities re-open to the public. 

Manchester Gyms and Pools from 4 July

On Tuesday 23 June, the Prime Minister announced some significant changes to the lockdown rules and measures that will come into effect from 4 July. 

“Close proximity” venues such as soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will need to remain closed for now. Recreation and sport will be allowed, but indoor facilities, including changing rooms and courts, will also remain closed. 

A taskforce has been established with public health experts to prioritise and address these sectors to help become COVID-19 secure and re-open as soon as possible.

Grassroots football season 2019-20

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