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
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.
Many of our workforce have moved to an online coaching model during lockdown.
Below is Parkour UK’s general guidance and links to an extensive document by CIMSPA in regards to online coaching.
We have included a template risk-benefit assessment created by Parkour UK an example risk assessment shared with us by Access Parkour which shows and alternative format.
Thanks to Access Parkour for sharing this document.
Our general recommendations for online coaching are:
- Provide a written/digital disclaimer in line with your existing practices for delivering coaching and have as short meeting with the participants beforehand to cover the contents of this.
- Host the session on a secure, closed platform such as Zoom or a closed facebook group.
- Risk assess the sessions using the same systems you apply to face to face coaching.
- Hold a qualification for the activity being delivered.
- Have appropriate insurance cover.
- Works to the coach:participant ratio as prescribed by your qualifications and insurance provider.
- Record the session and store this securely for 3 years – ideally just record the coach delivering.
If you are operating under Parkour UK qualifications and insurance you must meet the conditions above.
You may want to consider how you move some of your students to more outdoor training.
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.
- 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 6. Particularly 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 26th November
PLEASE NOTE: This guidance applies from 2nd December at the end of current lockdown. Please continue with current measures until then.
There are 2 sections to our guidance.
- Additional & specific measures for each tier
- General guidance for each environment
Please read and consider how both of these sections apply in your area.
Local COVID Alert Levels
The UK Government has announced new local COVID Alert Levels as of 2nd December:
At Medium level:
Training and classes can continue as per the general guidance below. This will still include working in groups of 6 or smaller and maintaining social distancing where possible. Different groups of 6 can use a facility at the same time, provided that they do not mix.
At High level:
Indoor classes for under 18s can continue as per the general guidance below.
Indoor classes 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 means working in very small household groups only. Different single household groups can use a facility at the same time, provided that they do not mix.
This may be challenging in your venue and it may be safer and more efficient to move adult classes outdoors.
A household/bubble of mixed ages could participate together in a single group only.
Outdoor classes can continue as per our general guidance below
At Very High Level:
Indoor classes for under 18s can continue as per the general guidance below.
Indoor classes for 18 + cannot go ahead.
A household/bubble of mixed ages could not participate together as 18 + classes are not allowed
Outdoor classes can continue as per the guidance below
At the ‘Very High’ Level there may be variance or additional restrictions. We would advise that you check with the local authority for any additional restrictions and guidance.
We would recommend theses general COVID-safe measures are put in place recommendations. You also must consider additional measures at each Tier.
- Groups of no more than 6 to share an area – with our recommended sub-groups of 3 or less sharing equipment still in place. Maintain social distancing as much as possible even in groups.
- 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.
- It is advised that you do not allow access to anyone not participating, such as spectators, parents etc
You must also display test and Trace posters : “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: https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster
“People can continue to attend and deliver outdoor exercise classes and personal training sessions with groups of more than six, as long as the activity is formally organised and is socially distant, and the government’s organising outdoor sport and physical activity events guidance is followed.” – UK Government Guidelines
We would recommend that you hold outdoor classes with the usual ratio of 8 students (or less) to 1 coach as per our qualifications and insurance.
Larger groups can attend outdoor classes providing there are enough coaches and we would advise as an extra precaution that the groups avoid mixing and social distancing should be maintained.
“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.
Scotland – Updated 02 November
Scottish Government Tier System
The Scottish Government has announced a new Tier system for local lockdowns
You can check the alert level in your local area here – https://www.gov.scot/check-local-covid-level/ and we would advise that you check with the local authority for any additional restrictions and guidance.
You can see the latest measures here – https://www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread/
In Tiers 0 –2 we would recommend that indoor classes can take place assuming your venue has COVID measures in place.
In Tier 3 we would recommend that only classes for under 18s may go ahead –
“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 full new published Framework here – https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/strategy-plan/2020/10/covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework/documents/covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework/covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework/govscot%3Adocument/covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework.pdf?forceDownload=true
In tiers 0-2 – 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.
In Tiers 3-4 – Outdoor non-contact sports are still permitted so we would recommend that you can still hold outdoor classes. We would suggest that you do not exceed 30 people and that you take extra care around distancing and socialising. Work in smaller groups and where possible using the 6/2 socialising rule as a guide.
Please advise your students not to socialise while waiting for class in groups of more than 6/2 households and do not encourage the use of public transport over long distances to attend class.
“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. The 6/2 rule will apply at every Teir except Teir 0.
Northern Ireland – Updated 15th October
Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, additional restrictions are being introduced for people living in Northern Ireland from 16 October.
Indoor venues cannot open and so these cannot go ahead.
Outdoors you may only exercise on your own or with your household and so you cannot provide provision for outdoor classes.
You can exercise outside, by yourself or with members of the same household only.
Wales – updated 09 November
‘Firebreak Restrictions in wales have ended as of 9th November. Previous guidance now applies – as below.’
“Gyms and leisure centres have to put measures in place to ensure social distancing, good hygiene, the wearing of face coverings (where appropriate), and a gathering of people exercising or playing sport together must not exceed 30 people” – Welsh Government Guidelines
We would recommend that indoor classes can take place assuming your venue has COVID measures in place.
You can see the Welsh government’s COVID measures for leisure facilities here – https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance#section-46351
“Gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted outdoors. ….Outdoor gatherings no longer need to be organised by a business, a public body or charitable institution, a club, or the national governing body of sport or other activity. Social distancing should still be maintained between people who are not part of the same household (or extended household.” – Welsh 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.
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.