The aim of this page is to provide you with the latest information and guidance related to the Tier 3 Lockdown in Lancashire.

From 2nd December Lancashire will be in Tier 3 (very high alert) and the below guidance should be followed.

The Active Lancashire team are focusing on supporting Lancashire's residents to engage in sport and physical activity, improve health and wellbeing, and inspire communities during this challenging time.

In line with guidance from sporting national governing bodies, you can take part in organised sport and physical activity outdoors with any number of people. However, you should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what this means for your sport.

Gyms and sports facilities will be open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles only. Indoor group activities and exercise classes should not take place.

You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in an outdoor public place in groups up to 6.

There are exceptions for the following, which can take place in any number:

  • disability sport
  • sports as part of the curriculum in education
  • supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020)

You should follow the guidance on:

For advice, guidance and support for those working in the sport and leisure industry please visit our Covid-19 Business Support page

Other sector-specific information
  • SPORTS: national governing bodies (NGBs) have guidelines for a safe return to play. Search for your NGB here and go to the COVID-19 support section of their website
  • GROUP EXERCISE: The national governing body for group exercise provides COVID-19 guidance here.
  • YOUTH WORK: The National Youth Agency (NYA) has developed youth sector-specific advice here.
  • CLUBS: Sport England’s Club Matters offers tips, tools and ideas for clubs and organisations trying to navigate the pandemic here.
  • WORKFORCE & FACILITIES: As the lead organisation for the sport and physical activity workforce CIMPSA are providing guidance here.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Guidance on how volunteering can be done safely and effectively during COVID-19 in line with the tiered restrictions. This includes guidance for 'formal' and 'informal' volunteers, and forvolunteer-involving organisations and groups. Full guidance available here
Tier alert system explained

Every part of England is now in one of four Covid-19 alert levels: Tier 1 (medium), Tier 2 (high), Tier 3 (very high) and Tier 4 (Stay at Home). Here’s a summary of what this means for sport and physical activity:

Tier 1 (medium)

Organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in a group of more than 6 (or with people they live with or share a support bubble with)

You can do unlimited individual exercise outdoors or in gyms and other sports facilities. If it is not a formally organised activity you can only exercise outdoors in groups of up to six (or your household or support bubble), or indoors with your own households or support bubble.

Tier 2 (high)

You can only take part in organised sport, exercise classes and other group activities indoors with people you live with or share a support bubble with.

You can do unlimited exercise outdoors or in gyms and other sports facilities. If it is not a formally organised activity, you can only exercise outdoors in groups of up to six (or your household or support bubble), or indoors with your own households or support bubble.

Tier 3 (very high)

Gyms and sports facilities will be open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles only. Indoor group activities and exercise classes should not take place.

You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in an outdoor public place in groups up to 6.

Tier 4 (Stay at home)

You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, support bubble, or with one other person if you maintain social distancing.

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will close. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges, riding centres and playgrounds can remain open for individual exercise, and for people to use with others within your household, support bubble, or with one person from another household. Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people will be allowed.

All Tiers

There are exceptions for the following, which can take place in any number:

  • disability sport
  • sports as part of the curriculum in education
  • supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020)
Mental Health Support

Need Immediate Support?

You can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone. Just dial 116 123. They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year and the number is free to call.

NHS Local Crisis Teams - Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week staffed by trained mental health professionals who are able to provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services ring it if you need to access services or for advice about someone who needs treatment/support. Visit the website for contact details for your local crisis team. 

SHOUT - Text SHOUT to 85258 to be connected to a trained volunteer for free, confidential, anonymous text support. 

CALM - phone and webchat open daily from 5pm - midnight. Call 0800 585858 or webchat is available on their website

If your life is at imminent risk, call the emergency services on 999.

Other Support

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria - A collection of mental health support resources in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Every Mind Matters -  Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

MIND: Coronavirus and your well being - Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.

The Mental Health Family Hour - Episodes on YouTube, that focus on different topics around Mental Health for children, parents and teachers.

Recovery College - On line courses covering a range of topics including Mental Health, Recovery and Wellbeing.

NHS- The NHS have several resources on mindfulness and mental health which can be useful, especially during this time period. They also have a mood self-assessment quiz to recognize what you are feeling and how you can help yourself. 

STOPP- STOPP is an online resource that helps teach you CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and how applying it to yourself can help you become more mindful.

Calm- This is a website and an app that focuses on mindfulness, they have several different resources such as:

  • Their blog has different posts surrounding mindfulness and different ways to practise.
  • The Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is a way to attempt to practise mediation and take some time out of your day to do nothing.

Hub of hope – Shows you where your local mental health support is and when they are open and has information on who to contact if you need immediate support.

Shout - Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 crisis text line available for anyone, anytime, anywhere. The service is anonymous and off bill. It is powered by a nationwide team of Crisis Volunteers, supported by expert Clinical Supervisors. This is a place to go if you’re experiencing a personal crisis, unable to cope and need immediate help.

COVID-19 National Advice and Guidance

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