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. The aim of this page is to provide you with the latest information and guidance related government restrictions on sport and physical activity.

As of 5th January 2021 a national lockdown has been put in place and the below guidance should be followed.

You must now limit the time you spend outside of your home. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

Exercise

You can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

This includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking, and swimming. Personal training can continue one-on-one unless everyone is within the same household or support bubble.

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues must close, for example:

  • tennis courts
  • golf courses
  • swimming pools

Children under 5, and up to 2 carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care, are not counted towards the gatherings limits for exercising outside.

If you (or a person in your care) have a health condition that routinely requires you to leave home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area or exercising several times a day - then you can do so.

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (like wearing a face covering).

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

Sports and Physical Activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding centres must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Elite sport may continue. There is further guidance on the phased return of elite sport.

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
Physical Activity in Lockdown

Join the Movement - Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.

Her Spirit - The Her Spirit app is providing health and wellbeing support and critically a sense of community during this period of national uncertainty including daily live workouts/activities, weekly podcasts, weekly community challenges, weekly live meditations and immune boosting recipe. 

NHS Fitness Studio - 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.

Couch to 5k - A running plan for beginners, based on podcasts supporting you on your journey to running 5k in 9 weeks, 3 runs per week. 

One You - Easy 10 minute workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home. 

Arthritis Action - Many people living with a long-term health condition find it difficult to attend exercise classes. To help them, Arthritis Action recently launched a series of online chair based exercises developed with the aim of helping those with hip, knee or spinal Osteoarthritis more mobile and active.

Limb Power - a series of videos has been developed to support those with limb amputations to maintain and improve fitness and conditioning. 

Move It or Lose It  - Support for older people to remain active

  • Coronavirus support for older people – exercise at home a Free COVID-19 support pack for older people.
  • Can you Get Up and Go? Free Get Up and Go app which has very simple exercises which are approved by geriatricians and physiotherapists. These mobilising exercises are ideal for frailer older people and can be done in a bed or chair to help those in care homes and hospitals to keep moving too.

Daily Mile - A way to motivate you and your family to stay active with new challenges every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Activity Alliance- Activity Alliance is sharing ways to adapt activities so more people can stay in and work out.

Public Health England- Public Health England have produced a guide around how to stay active at home. 

WheelPower - Adaptive Yoga - a series of Adaptive Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes and inclusive workouts for Young Disabled People.

Couch to Fitness- an at-home exercise plan for beginners. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.

Couch to Family Fit - an at-home exercise plan for beginners. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 4 weeks.

Couch to Bhangra- an at-home dance exercise plan for beginners. The plan involves 3 video sessions a week, with rest days in between, and a different schedule for each of the 4 weeks.

Connect with others

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

CSI Chit Chat - WhatsApp group for those taking part in the CSI programme to have some fun, informal chats and mini challenges. This is a busy group so you may wish to mute notifications when not actively involved. 

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.

Tempo - a place to help share ways in which you can help others in your local community if you are able, and ways to stay connected with your community virtually from home.

People First Keeping People Connected - a new specialist telephone service for people who have learning difficulties and/or autism who need some support.

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

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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