EMD UK are following advice from the government and the NHS for the safety of our staff and the fitness workforce. We are monitoring the situation and will be updating this page frequently in line with new measures and precautions.

Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails. We will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

Updates will be posted here and on our EMD UK Facebook page. 

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Updated 05/01/2022


EMD UK has had confirmation from DCMS that there is no legal change currently to group exercise guidelines already in place which state “There are no restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, or on the activities they can do”.

For full details of current guidance please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-coronavirus-covid-19-measures-for-grassroots-sport-participants-providers-and-facility-operators/guidance-on-coronavirus-covid-19-measures-for-grassroots-sport-participants-providers-and-facility-operators?fbclid=IwAR2wYx0yZxBYXzCujfxt5MgmX-hOzYNfactZ6CqwSyHAalnM5RnSYbzgn6E

EMD UK will continue to advise that instructors use their own judgement for participant safety measures.

There is no legal obligation at this time for you to have Test and Trace in place, but EMD UK will continue to advise that you may use at your discretion to provide consumer confidence if required https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster:

We continue to advise :

  • Wearing of face coverings to and from class venues
  • Provide adequate ventilation within your classes
  • Social distancing at your own discretion within class
  • Continue to follow good hygiene practice
  • Avoid sharing water bottles
  • Avoid sharing equipment which is used around face or head (boxing)

We also recommend that you continue to communicate to participants on a regular basis the following:

  • Self-assessment: Before attending any classes, all participants, instructors and spectators should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste). If they have one or more of these symptoms (even if they are mild), you should advise them not to attend any sporting activity, and to follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.
  • Informed decisions: You should advise participants to consider their own health and circumstances (for example, if they are not yet double-vaccinated or live with somebody at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19), so they can make an informed choice about whether they wish to participate. You should set out the safety measures you have put in place, and how you will mitigate any specific risks associated with your sporting activity. For example, you could advise participants that you are following your NGB’s guidance, and any safety measures you are putting in place.
  • Self-isolation: Clearly communicate to participants that they should not take part in your activity if they need to self-isolate (for example, because they have tested positive or are asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace). If they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste), you should advise them not to attend, even if these symptoms are mild. Find more information on self-isolation guidance here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/


Sport facilities can remain open.

  • Face coverings must be worn by adults and children over the age of 12, in all indoor public places when not participating in physical activity. Therefore, participants must wear masks on entry to classes until in the space to commence activity and must place back at the end of the class.
  • Hand sanitising should be always promoted, and sanitiser provided at the venue.
  • Limiting of use of equipment during a class and sharing of equipment.
  • Increase fresh air ventilation where possible, where fresh air is not possible ensure mechanical ventilation meets appropriate standards for your industry.
  • It is recommended that everyone should take a lateral flow test before seeing others.

Indoor activities

  • 30 people capacity indoors
  • 2 metre social distancing should be always observed, on entry to class and within the class.
  • Up to date risk assessment to include above measures.
  • Instructors will have to be able to provide contact details to support contact tracing. Keeping a list of all attendees for up to 21 days or option to download a QR code for your venue here: https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster

Outdoor activities

  • 50 people capacity outdoors, activities cannot take place in a private residence or private homes.
  • 2 metre distancing always observed.
  • The organiser must meet requirements in regulations to carry out a risk assessment and take all reasonable measures as per their National Governing body to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
  • Children can take part in organised activities including group exercise classes.

For full guidance for Wales click here

Wales guidance FAQ’s including funding available if your business is affected or you are having to self-isolate click here


From 26th December for initially three weeks the Scottish government put in a series of enhanced protection measures.  You should refer to the full update for all information.

Indoor activities

  • 1 metre distancing is always required. Your class capacity should be based on social distancing measures
  • Maximise good ventilation and ensure fresh air ventilation where possible
  • Face coverings must be always worn in public spaces unless exercising or exempt
  • Instructors are encouraged to take a test twice weekly and on every occasion, they intend to mix socially with people from other households.
  • From 26th December for up to 3 weeks no ADULT CONTACT SPORT or PHYSICAL ACTIVITY can take place, so all boxing padwork sessions must stop during this time.

Northern Ireland

Indoor and Outdoor Group Exercise

  • All Indoor and Outdoor sport is permitted
  • Face coverings should be always worn, except when exercising
  • Take precautions to limit contact with others in an indoor setting
  • Avoid sharing equipment during class
  • Ensure good ventilation for indoor areas (keeping windows and doors open when possible)
  • Promote hand washing and sanitising and taking a lateral flow before meeting others.
  • A risk assessment must be completed for outdoor events of more than 30 and for more than 15 in indoor spaces.
  • Implement 1-way systems to avoid congestion.
  • Where individuals have mixed immunity status, pods of up to 6 participants will be permitted (excluding adult coaches/instructors)
  • It is recommended that you do not share transport with anyone outside their household when travelling to and from classes
  • You will be required to collect customer details to help with Test and Trace programme, which includes Name and telephone of visitors over the age of 16 and date and time of arrival.