Covid-19: Update from London Sport

This page will be updated with new statements or information from London Sport on the covid-19 outbreak and any impacts on our work.

Updated Guidance: 01 June 2020

Changes to government guidance on physical activity and sport were announced on 29 May 2020. Effective 01 June 2020 across England:

  • People can now go outside more than once a day for exercise in groups of up to six people
  • People from different households should continue to observe social distancing by keeping two metres apart
  • Anyone planning to take part in sport or exercise as part of a small group should familiarise themselves with all government guidance around social distancing and hygiene
  • All previous guidelines around the reopening of facilities and the resumption of outdoor sport and physical activity remain the same

Previous changes to government guidance on physical activity and sport were announced on 10 May 2020, and took effect from 13 May 2020 across England:

  • Outdoor sport and physical activity facilities can reopen so long as those repsonsible for them feel able to do so, can do so safely, and operate in line with public health guidance
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools must remain closed

The covid-19 outbreak is having an unprecedented impact on people, organisations and businesses across London and throughout the whole of the nation.

We know that many of our partners and stakeholders are actively responding to developments on a daily basis. We want to reassure everyone working in physical activity and sport in London that we remain dedicated to the work that is being done every day to support Londoners in all parts of the capital.

Firstly, as an employer, London Sport is carefully monitoring and following government and Public Health England guidance and advice around the covid-19 outbreak. As a result, most London Sport staff members are working remotely, and we anticipate that this will continue for the foreseeable future. We remain on-hand to support you, and all of our staff are available to be contacted as normal.

The House of Sport remains open to staff of member organisations, but staffing levels have been reduced to a minimum to comply as fully as possible with guidance from government and Public Health England. External meetings at House of Sport have been cancelled until further notice. Should that situation change, we commit to updating all our partners immediately. We have also taken the difficult decision to postpone all London Sport events for the time being while we consider the most appropriate ways to bring people in the sector together.

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The latest publish health guidance from Public Health England

This is the commitment we have made to our stakeholders and to the wider physical activity sector in London

An update for the national sport sector from Sport England

A summary of the sport-specific guidance published by NGBs.

This is a fast-moving situation, and we recognise that there will be some medium-term impacts on our work and the work of others throughout physical activity and sport. We promise to keep all of our partners updated with our plans throughout the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we have committed to a range of Funding Principles set out by London Funders, pledging to continue our support to the clubs and projects that we fund.

Most importantly, we remain as committed as ever to our strategy and to the importance of physical activity and sport in the lives of Londoners. We will do everything in our power to continue to champion and make the case for physical activity and sport, both for its ability to support life in our great city now, and for the important role it will play in the months that follow.

We are available to discuss our plans, and the steps we are taking throughout this period. Please contact us on, or if you are one of our funded clubs or projects,