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Indoor sports and leisure facilities

Mid Kent Environmental Health

Guidance for indoor sports and leisure facilities opening up on the 12 April 2021.


What do I need to do?


Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine the hazards and risk associated with your business.

  • Step 1 - Identify hazards
  • Step 2 - Identify who can be harmed
  • Step 3 – Assess the risk
  • Step 4 - Implement control measures
  • Step 5 – Review regularly

Check out the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for guidance on risk assessments.

You should look at government guidance for your specific industry regularly as you prepare to restart activities as it can change quickly.

You should follow any advice and guidance given by your trade association or equivalent.

Key date


12 April 2021

Central government has been clear in their message that the dates suggested for each phase of the reopening is a guide only. The actual dates that each stage occur will be informed by data and subject to four distinct tests.

See here for guidance and here for legislation.

Key points


icons for covid safe guidance

icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Ensure you are Covid-secure.
wash hands regularly Wash hands regularly.
social distancing Follow social distancing rules.
icons for covid safe guidance Wear a face covering except when participating in sport/activities.
icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Use NHS QR Code Test and Trace and have a non-digital backup.
icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Up to 6 people or 2 households per group only.
Keep surfaces clean Ensure that toilet facilities and frequent touch points (handrails and doors) are cleaned regularly. Clean gym equipment between uses.

Do not...

x to indicate things not to do

icons for covid safe guidance Don’t allow groups to mix.
icons for covid safe guidance Don’t allow gatherings of people at your facility.

Points to consider

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  • How will you ensure gatherings do not form?
  • How will you ensure social distancing?
  • How will you ensure people stay in their groups?
  • Consider a pre-booking system to limit numbers in attendance
  • Do you have sufficient PPE?
  • Do you have hand sanitiser?
  • How and when will you sanitise any equipment?
  • How will you monitor changing facilities and toilets to prevent gatherings?
  • Do you have a test and trace system in place?
  • Download your signage from our posters and signs for businesses page

Contact for advice

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Mid Kent Environmental Health Services

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