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Coronavirus: information for the sector

An update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and what it means for the sport and physical activity sector.

We know sport at every level is facing upheaval because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and that this is causing concern and uncertainty.

The government yesterday confirmed that people with mild symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.

We know that all of this could affect planned events and activities.

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For now, it doesn't mean you can't still run activities where people gather, and it definitely doesn't mean that people should be discouraged from being active.

In fact, given that being fit and healthy acts as a deterrent to most infections, it's crucial that members of the public continue to lead active lives throughout this period, whether that's using a local gym or walking or cycling, where it’s possible to do so.

Unless there's official advice telling you not to do so, and as long as you follow the government advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, you can continue with things like club sports fixtures, group activities and use leisure facilities.

In every scenario, it’s clear that hand hygiene is critical and if you’re planning to go somewhere that involves using sports equipment, make sure you're thoroughly wiping it down before and after you use it.

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