Health and wellbeing Coronavirus

Leisure activities

Last updated 2.10pm, Friday 31 July 

At 9pm on Thursday 30 July, the Government announced that people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other in their homes or gardens in Greater Manchester from midnight, as a result of an increase in positive tests.

People living inside and outside of Manchester can continue to travel in and out for work and you can still go to cafes, restaurants, the gym and other public places, but only with members of your own household – even if you are going outside of the restricted area.

Visit for the latest guidance on these restrictions.

Sport and physical activity in Manchester 

Visit MCRactive’s Covid-19 pages ( for the latest information and guidance on all sport and physical activity. You can find information on which facilities are open, which remain closed, and how and when you can access leisure facilities near you. 

Gyms and swimming pools to reopen from Saturday 1 August

The phased process of safely reopening community gyms and swimming pools will begin on Saturday 1 August with six selected leisure facilities. 

For anything else relating to pools, gyms, sports, or your journey back to physical activity, please contact MCRactive directly.

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.

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