Parkour UK Return to Move Guidance

We understand this is an incredibly tough and confusing time for our members, coaches and gym owners around the UK. In this current phase while gyms are re-opening there are frequent changes to lockdown conditions – nationally and locally.  

Here in our Return to Move page we are supporting members in a number of ways: 

  • A Parkour & COVID toolkit – this is a downloadable file of examples of best practice from a number of our members of risk assessments, coaches guidance and other examples. These are free to use and adapt for your own gym.
  • A weekly update of general guidance from Parkour UK. 

Links to the UK and devolved nation’s live guidance, and that of the corresponding sports bodies

DOWNLOAD FULL PARKOUR UK COVID TOOLKIT

Parkour UK Update 

Please note that these are general recommendations and you should refer to guidance regarding any local lockdowns in your area which may have further restrictions. 

Outdoor training – as the guidance evolves and shifts in different areas, you may want to consider how you move some of your students to more outdoor training. This would be a preparatory measure in case restrictions change for indoor group training – as they have in Scotland this week. 

You can read some advice from Hedge at Access Parkour that may be useful here

If someone at my venue tests positive: 

It is possible that a member of staff or a participant in your gym could test positive for COVID-19.  

In the first instance we would advise that you ensure this person has alerted test and trace. This means that the local Test and Trace teams will contact you with specific advice on your venue and any potential chains of transmission. 

If you have been coaching in an external venue it would be the venues responsibility to contact Test and Trace who would contact you with any advice. 

If you or a member of staff are asked to self isolate you must do so. 

 

General Advice: 

  • Unless advised by Test and Trace you should not have to close your gym but may want to take a day of closure to ensure you have addressed any issues or additional measures.  
  • Identify and inform any staff or students who were working in the person’s group of 6Particularly if there was close contact among the group. 
  • Thoroughly clean all equipment in the venue and pay particular attention to touch points like doorknobs, benches and in waiting areas and any equipment used. 
  • If you have any concerns that your staff should be self isolating you may decide to contact Test and Trace for more specific advice. 

 

If you have any further concerns please contact us directly.  

Current live guidance from governments and sports bodies: 

The UK government and each of the devolved Nations have the latest and frequently updated guidelines available, and we would encourage individuals and organisations to look at the relevant local guidelines in the first instance for implementation.   

Feel free to contact us directly if you have a specific question or need. 

Parkour UK has further provided this information to help individuals and member organisations to implement these guidelines with practical tips and considerations:

England – Updated 15th October  

 

Live Updates: 

UK Government (England) 

UK Active 

Sport England

 

Local COVID Alert Levels. 

The UK Government has announced new local COVID Alert Levels  

At Medium level: Training and classes can continue as per our guidance below. 

At High level: Training and classes can continue as per our guidance below with some changes in regards to indoor trainingIndoor training for 18 + can only go ahead if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with. This may be challenging in your venue and it may be safer and more efficient to move adult classes outdoors. 

At Very High Level: Training and Classes can continue as per our guidance below with some changes in regards to indoor training. Indoor training for 18 + can only go ahead if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with. This may be challenging in your venue and it may be safer and more efficient to move adult classes outdoors. 

At  the ‘Very High’ Level there may be variance or additional restrictions. You can check the alert level in your local area here – https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions and we would advise that you check with the local authority for any additional restrictions and guidance. 

The full information is here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know 

 

Indoor Classes: 

New restrictions have been announced in regards to indoor organised sports on 23 September – only 6 people can participate at once. 

“From 24 September, when the NHS Covid-19 app becomes available, it will also be a legal requirement for the same venues to display an NHS Test and Trace QR poster, which enables visitors with the app to check in at that location.” UK Government Guidelines 

Create your QR poster here: 

From 24 September, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can continue to take place with larger numbers present, provided groups of more than six do not mix. If groups of six are likely to mix, these indoor activities must not go ahead. There is an exemption on organised indoor team sports for disabled people.” UK Government Guidelines 

Classes can continue assuming you have COVID-safe measures in place with the following recommendations: 

  • Groups of no more than 6 to share an area – with our recommended subgroups of 3 or less sharing equipment still in place. 
  • You can have multiple groups of 6 sharing a space assuming adequate space and strict hygiene measures are in place 
  • Where possible we would suggest creating ‘bubbles’ of 6 where your regular students mix in the same groups each time they attend. 
  • Be extra vigilant of groups gathering before and after class. 
  • This new guidance does not apply to under 18s – our recommendation is to continue with your current format for those age groups.  

You can see the UK Government’s COVID measures for leisure facilities here

 

This ‘can and can’t do’ advice may also be useful

 

Outdoor Classes: 

“If you are a personal trainer/coach you can now work with clients outdoors, providing you are meeting no more than 5 other people, outdoors, and you follow social distancing guidelines…. You can meet with different clients in a single day as long as it is in gatherings of no more than 6 and you are maintaining social distancing” – UK Government Guidelines  

We would recommend that you hold outdoor classes with no more than 5 students and 1 coach – but you can do any many of these as you want in a single day.  

 

Parkour practice: 

When playing sports informally (where not organised in line with the rules above) with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It is illegal to do so in a larger group and you may be fined UK Government Guidelines 

In regards to informal jams and meet-ups, it may be difficult to justify larger jams to police, local authorities and the public. These are a form of social gathering and a form of informal sport and we recommend that jams/meet ups should not go ahead unless complying with the current group and household meeting rule of 6. 

 

Areas with a ‘Very High’ Alert level are

  • Liverpool City Region

 

You can see the full list of local COVID alert levels by area here 

 

Scotland – Updated 7th October

 

Live Updates: 

Scottish Government 

Sports Scotland 

 

Indoor Classes: 

If you are one of the local lockdown areas listed below/ in one of these health boards – Ayrshire & Arran; Forth Valley; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Lanarkshire; Lothian – indoor classes for adults are not permitted from Friday 9 October for 16 days. The current restrictions have now been extended until 2 Nov. Gyms may open for individual training only, therefore private sessions may go ahead if they involve a single household. This applies to over 18s.  

 

You can see the lastest measures here – https://www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread/ 

In other areas – we would recommend that indoor classes can take place assuming your venue has COVID measures in place.  

You can see the Scottish governments COVID measures for leisure facilities here 

 

Outdoor Classes: 

Personal training or coaching may take place if it is outdoors and, physical distancing can be maintained. Coaches and personal trainers may work outdoors with groups of up to thirty participants, if there is sufficient space to maintain physical distancing.” – Scottish Government Guidelines 

We would recommend that you hold outdoor classes with the standard 8:1 student:coach ratio and no more than 30 people in total. You can do any many of these as you want in a single day. 

 

Parkour practice: 

You may meet outdoors with members of one other household, up to a maximum group size of 6, for exercise or activity.  – Scottish Government Guidelines 

In regards to informal jams and meet-ups, it may be difficult to justify larger jams to police, local authorities and the public. These are a form of social gathering and we recommend that jams/meet ups should not go ahead unless complying the current group and household meeting rules. 

 

There are local lockdowns in:  
  • East Dunbartonshire 
  • East Renfrewshire 
  • Glasgow City 
  • North Lanarkshire 
  • Renfrewshire 
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire  

please refer here for further guidance 

Northern Ireland  Updated 15th October 

 

Live Updates 

Northern Irish Government 

Sport Northern Ireland 

Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, additional restrictions are being introduced for people living in Northern Ireland from 16 October.

 

Outdoor Classes: 

 

Outdoors you may only exercise on your own or with your household and so you cannot provide provision for outdoor classes.

Parkour practice:

You can exercise outside, by yourself or with members of the same household only.

Wales – updated 22nd October

 

Live Updates: 

Welsh Government 

Sport Wales 

“Firebreak Restrictions come into force across wales at 6pm on Friday 23rd October. This essentially constitutes a full shut down similar to the original lockdown measures in March.”

 
Indoor Classes: 

Indoor venues cannot open and so these cannot go ahead.

Outdoor Classes: 

Outdoors you may only exercise on your own or with your household and so you cannot provide provision for outdoor classes.

Parkour practice: 

You can exercise outside, by yourself or with members of the same household only.
 
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