Sports: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered at on 6 July 2020.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local councils and (b) grassroot sports clubs on whether (i) basketball and (ii) other contact sports can be resumed at the local level as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

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

Sport and physical activity is hugely important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That is why the Government continued to permit people to take daily physical activity, including walking, running and cycling, even during the height of the lockdown.

The latest guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation. The Government is in discussions with representatives from the sport and physical activity sector about the steps required to get remaining sports up and running (including team sports and contact sports). We will update the public when it is deemed safe to do so.

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