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/