Health and wellbeing Coronavirus

Leisure activities

Last updated 11.42am, Wednesday 20 May

Exercising outdoors and using outdoor sports / play areas

On 10 May, the government confirmed changes to what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity as part of the next phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak. It's been confirmed that from Wednesday 13 May;

  • People can go outside more than once a day for exercise if they're following social distancing guidelines, are alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside their household
  • People must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless exercising with their household
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, or outdoor swimming pools will remain closed
  • Facilities with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen from Wednesday 13 May 2020, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with this and related public health guidance
  • 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

Additional information

Supporting you to be more active with MCRactive

These anxious and unusual times bring unforeseen difficulties. With everyone spending a lot more time at home, it could have a significantly negative impact on Manchester’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. We don’t want that to happen.

It has therefore never been more important to provide trusted advice and guidance on the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ to support and encourage everyone to manage their well-being and move more.

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;

They’d also love to hear from you with the innovative ways on how Mancunians are being active to share with others.

If you have content to share – be that a short video, image, creative idea or message, MCRactive are happy to receive this either direct by sending to: or you can connect and share through their social channels.

Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive around our levels of physical activity whilst recognising and sharing those small moments of happiness in our days.

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 are working closely with our leisure operators to ensure existing memberships are protected and honoured so that service users are unaffected once the facilities reopen. 

We are working hard to identify alternative ways in which residents can stay active during this period of change. There is a great deal that we can all do to keep active in our homes, in our parks and in our neighbourhoods.

An active life brings huge benefits to people’s physical and mental wellbeing, particularly during times of stress and anxiety. Being active, eating well and taking good care of ourselves is vital for our resilience.

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