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COVID-19 & ACTIVITY in Manchester

COVID-19 & ACTIVITY in manchester

It’s fair to say that this continues to be no ordinary time, and we're all facing many different challenges.
 
UPDATE: We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be more opportunities for grassroots sport and activities to take place from Wednesday 2 December, with leisure facilities able to open more widely for the benefit of local communities.

It will be great to welcome Manchester back on Wednesday 2 December! When our leisure centres, gyms and pools can re-open, which includes provision for junior club activity and lessons. Exercise classes and organised sport can take place outdoors, however indoor group exercise classes won’t be allowed unless for youth or disability sport. 
 
See below to find out more, including where and when and to book your next session.

In the meantime up to 2 December, people must stay at home as much as possible, and are only allowed to leave in certain circumstances. All our leisure centres, gyms and pools remain temporary closed until 2 December. For more information and clarity on what’s closed, what remains open and everything else you need to know, see below.
 
We're committed to being as supportive as we can during these challenging times and will continue to promote daily messages of support, inspiration, guidance and updates to the city around physical activity and well-being across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels – tagging in #MCRactive. Thanks again for your support. We’re here for you. 
 
Take care, stay active and stay safe.


In Manchester, as we will be put in lockdown from 5 November to 2 December, we would like to clarify the following in relation to sport and physical activity across the city. As part of the lockdown, people must stay at home as much as possible, and are only allowed to leave in certain circumstances:
 
1. For educational purposes such as attending school
2. For work purposes if you cannot work from home
3. To shop for essential items such as groceries
4. For medical reasons such as appointments
5. For exercise and recreational purposes outdoors*
6. To provide care for the vulnerable
7. To attend places of worship
 
*Expanding on pt.5 – please see below the impact to sport and physical activity across the city from Thursday 5 November: 
 
- All gyms, leisure centres and pools will be temporarily closed until Wednesday 2 December
- You can still undertake unlimited outdoor exercise with your household or one-on-one with one person from another household
- You can also sit in a park with your own household or one-on-one with one person from another household
- Playgrounds and play areas across Manchester will be stay open
 
For clarity, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities impacted include: leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks, and all formal outdoor sports facilities in parks. 

We’re in this together and here to support our city to keep active during these challenging times. Follow and connect with @MCRactive for daily messages of support, inspiration, guidance and updates around physical activity and well-being. 
 
For further advice, please visit:
 

Latest Government Guidance 

As per the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23 November, we are pleased to hear that there will be more opportunities for grassroots sport and activities to take place from 2 December, with leisure facilities able to open for the benefit of local communities. 

Our leisure facilities will reopen to the public on Wednesday 2 December and we will provide further details as soon as guidance is issued to us by government. Visit FACILITIES & PLACES to see what will open, remain closed and what you can access across our city. 
 
We note that organised sport and physical activity will be returning under all tiers, after the current national restrictions come to an end. Organised activity for elite athletes, under 18s and disabled people can also take place across every tier.
 
Gyms will reopen across the country and there was also positive news about the return of spectators in some areas. We anticipate further specific guidance for contact activities.
 
Sport and leisure opportunities are essential to support the mental and physical wellbeing of our citizens and we will do everything we can to help as many Mancunians as possible to participate in their chosen activity, in a Covid-safe way.

Our aim is to keep you abreast of all that’s happening across sport and physical activity in Manchester as it happens.

This includes supporting you to be active, wherever and whenever that may be - when normal life is affected and your usual routines impacted.

Therefore, we're inviting you to visit our Be Active at Home resource.

Here, Mancunians can access virtual classes, home workouts and much, much more to support your physical, mental and emotional well-being and build activity into your daily life, in home, in the garden, your local park, out cycling...whatever works for you. And if you needed a little motivation - be sure to follow MCRactive on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for inspiration and support.

Visit our social wall to see how your fellow Mancunians and the rest of the city is keeping active. Share your tips and ideas using #MCRactive to appear on our wall, help others and join the conversation.

Measures to control the virus are likely to be in place for some time, so as we continue to stay active at home in Manchester during lockdown, we’ve created a FACILITIES & PLACES page where Mancunians can see what’s closed, what remains or will start to open and where you can access and choose to be active across our city.

In or out of lockdown, guidance is continually changing around what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity, therefore, we encourage you to check and follow SPORTS SPECIFIC GUIDANCE for clarity and further guidance on Manchester’s sports, outdoor sports and play facilities.

Whilst you’re being active, your personal safety is of paramount importance to us.

Whilst we stay active at home during lockdown, we encourage reducing the likelihood of travelling outdoors unless absolutely necessary. Ideally stay at home as much as possible but you can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance.

You shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing - for example by cycling. It is not possible to practice effective social distancing in small vehicles. You should consider all other forms of transport before using public transport.

To help keep yourself and your fellow passengers safe, you should not travel if you: are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or as a result of being in contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, or sharing a household with somebody with symptoms, or are clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others; you can spread the virus to others even if you never get symptoms.

See TfGM’s Safer Travel Guidance for passengers for further information.

During these challenging times, we as a city understand better than ever before the benefits that sport and activity can bring to mental and physical wellbeing.

Across the city we will prioritise our trusted advice and guidance on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ to support and encourage everyone to manage their well-being and move more each day whilst you're at home or under limited restrictions.

Make sure you check out our Be Active at Home resources for you and your family, or visit our social wall for inspiration of how your fellow Mancunians are keeping active.

We’ll continue to use our FacebookInstagram and Twitter as a central resource for everyone to understand the changing landscape, where we also welcome feedback or questions for anyone wanting to know more.
 
You can also sign-up for ‘MCRactive Voice’ here to receive regular updates and information direct to your inbox. 

In relation to the announcement of a second lockdown from 5 November, we wanted to clarify what this means to Mancunians and to the city as we go back to staying active and healthy at home.

As part of the lockdown, people must stay at home as much as possible, and are only allowed to leave in certain circumstances. This means we will be temporarily closing all our leisure centres, gyms and pools from 5 November until 2 December as per the government guidelines.

You can still undertake unlimited outdoor exercise with your household or one-on-one with one person from another household, and also sit in a park with your own household or one-on-one with one person from another household along with accessing playgrounds across Manchester's parks.

For the latest information and most up to date sport specific guidance, provided by the individual sports or governing bodies, check out the sports specific guidance.

Click here for the latest Government guidance.

We will continue to be at hand to support you and help you with the many questions that naturally come with your journey to being active during lockdown and when we emerge out of the current climate.