Sports: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support community sport groups during the covid-19 lockdown to ensure that they can resume activity once it is safe to do so.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active and the Government is committed to reopening facilities as soon as it is safe to do so. The government has announced that indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities would remain closed but from 4 July other indoor other indoor facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues would reopen.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, we will be guided by the science to ensure that as restrictions are eased people can return to activity safely.

Sport England has also announced £210 million of funding to help sport and physical activity organisations deal with the short and long term effects of the pandemic.

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