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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: As per the latest Government announcement, a new four-step roadmap to ease the national lockdown could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June, if strict conditions are met. The first step of the plan commences from 8 March which will affect activities across Manchester. 
In the meantime, people must stay at home as much as possible, and are only allowed to leave in certain circumstances. This means all of our leisure centres, gyms and pools remain temporarily closed. Members will have been contacted directly with more information about what this means for your membership. 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.

As we remain in lockdown in Manchester, 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 work purposes if you cannot work from home
2. To shop for essential items such as groceries
3. For medical reasons such as appointments
4. For exercise and recreational purposes outdoors*
5. To provide care for the vulnerable
6. Attend education or childcare if eligible 
*Expanding on pt.4 – please see below the impact to sport and physical activity across the city: 
- All gyms, leisure centres and pools will be temporarily closed 
- You can exercise outdoor once per day 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
- Parks & playgrounds remain open however, facilities within parks will be closed.
For clarity, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities impacted include: leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including tennis courts, 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. 

Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
For further advice, please visit:
Follow @MCRactive across social for the most up to date guidance and support. We’re in this together and here to support our city to keep active during these challenging times.

As part of the first step of the plan for easing lockdown in England, government announced new measures to surpress the virus. What this means for sport and physical activity is: 
- All schools will open with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed. 

- People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.
- Recreation in an outdoor public spaces - such as a park - will be allowed between two people, meaning they would be allowed to sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic. 
With advice likely to evolve as restrictions change, we'll monitor and update guidance to ensure it's in line with the what the government is advising.
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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.