Outdoor Recreation: Coronavirus

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he received representations on which outdoor activities are exempt from the rule of six covid-19 regulations.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have exempted over thirty types of sport, exercise and physical activity such as football, rugby and other outdoor pursuits from the gatherings limit. Outdoor activity is safer from a transmission perspective, and it is often easier to social distance. Where such activities take place, safety measures must be taken including conducting a risk assessment and compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. For fitness related activity, a business, a charitable organisation, benevolent or philanthropic institution, a public body, or a political body must organise. The Secretary of State did not receive any formal representations on the exemptions before they were made.

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