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COVID-19 & Activity in manchester

Here at MCRactive we are continuing to support and broadcast the many ways residents of Manchester can feel healthy and well. We must be aware that COVID cases in Manchester are increasing, so it's important we encourage our fellow community to get regular tests and take the vaccine.

As announced by the Government on Wednesday 8 December, England moved to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. Find out what you must do to help prevent the spread and see below for more information on what this means to us. 

Along with many of us in the city, we're staying hopeful and looking forward to better days ahead with loads to do! Stay connected as we continue to provide choice for all to stay healthy and active, in various different and safe ways.
Please see below for more information including the most up to date guidelines and to see whats open in the city. We hope you find this beneficial to support your current lifestyle and help you and your loved ones move more each day. Thanks you for your support. We’re here for you. 
Take care, stay active and stay safe.

We understand this is a worrying time and that some of you will be considering how this impacts on your festive social plans, along with your plans to be active in our leisure centres. For clarification;
  • From Friday 10 December, face coverings required by law in most indoor settings (exempt*)
  • From Monday 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so
  • From Wednesday 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption
*It is important to clarify that whilst exercising in gyms and indoor facilities in Manchester, all users and members are exempt from wearing a face mask. This is because it is not recommended that you wear a face covering while exercising or during strenuous physical activity.
It is your personal choice if you want to wear a face covering whilst exercising or working-out.
In indoor settings, where a face covering is not legally required, we would advise that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. This includes reception areas, communal areas and whilst seated in a restaurant or café.
As Omicron spreads in the community, the government also intends to introduce daily contact tests for contacts of confirmed positive Omicron cases instead of the ten-day self-isolation period.
A full list of guidance and latest updates can be found at   
Latest Sport Guidance:

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 FacebookInstagram and Twitter for inspiration and support.

There are no set restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, indoors and outdoors. All leisure centres and sport facilities are now also open to the public in a COVID-safe environment but with no capacity limits. With this in mind, our primary focus will always be the health and wellbeing of our residents, and we ask that you continue to do your bit to ensure a healthy and safer environment within our facilities and open spaces.
To see what's open in the city and for more information on your chosen activities, visit FIND ACTIVITY
Please continue to be cautious; meet outdoors as much as you can, wear your masks in busy environments and clean your hands or shared equipment regularly. 

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.

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 COVID-19 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. 

Make sure you check out our Be Active at Home resources for you and your family, or follow MCRactive across FacebookInstagram and Twitter for inspiration of how your fellow Mancunians are keeping active.
You can also sign-up to 'MCRactive Voice' to receive regular updates and information direct to your inbox. 

We’re delighted to have welcomed back swimming and gyms in Manchester. Facilities will be operating differently to what you are used to for a while, however we’re still able to offer a variety of activities for you to enjoy. We have important information and changes to share with you.
IMPORTANT: All sessions must be booked in advance online or via the app before your visit.
For further information on your local centre and on bookings, please visit the Better UK website or download their App.

Alternatively, for information relating to the Wynthenshawe Forum, please visit the Everyone Active website.