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Keeping Active during COVID-19

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As of the 17th of May, some restrictions have eased in Calderdale and for the whole of England as part of the National Roadmap.

Please visit Calderdale Council website for the most up to date  information on local council services.

With the easing of restrictions, there will be more opportunity to be physically active. Keeping active is incredibly important for our physical and mental health, but we must remember to do so safely, limiting the impact on passing the virus between people. Remember the 5 big things:

  1. Keep our distance and limit mixing with people we don’t live with.
  2. Wear a face covering where necessary, unless medically exempt.
  3. Self-isolate if we test positive or are a contact of someone who has tested positive.
  4. Meet others outside where possible, and if not then let the fresh air in.
  5. Book our vaccine when we are invited by the NHS.

Getting Active Outdoors

The latest guidance from the government is clear that we are permitted to take unlimited exercise outdoors:

  • by yourself
  • in a group of no more than 30– you must remain socially distanced from anyone who is not from your household or bubble.

You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.

Informal sport and physical activity is not subject to the same rules, and must be in groups no larger than 30, social distancing and household restrictions apply.

As in the previous step of the roadmap, all outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools are permitted to reopen. Check the Calderdale Council service updates page to make sure that sites are open. Remember, you must continue to maintain 2 metres social distancing from anyone not from your household, except where formally organised sessions have specific approval.

The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower outside. There are also many additional benefits of exercising outside compared to indoors, especially in local parks and green spaces. Although, we are still advising people to avoid crowded places, even if they are outside, as it may be difficult to social distance.

Keeping active Indoors

Changes from the 17th of May allow for indoor gatherings of up to 6 people (or larger groups made up of no more than 2 households). Facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools can open for organised indoor adult and children sport and physical activity (including exercises classes) subject to sport-specific guidance.

For details on which Calderdale Council facilities are reopening, see Sport Calderdale

Even though we now have more opportunities to exercise in public indoor settings, it’s important to remember that exercising outdoors reduces the risk of transmission.  

Exercising at home also remains a good way to keep fit whilst minimising the risk of transmission. There are plenty of ways to stay active in the home, even for those who are considered to be extremely vulnerable, so long as they're fit and able to do so.

See below for a list of resources for people of all levels to try at home.

For those who want a more leisurely pace:

For people with long term conditions or disabilities:

For those who want to get a sweat on:

For those who want to get active as a whole family:

For more ideas from others:

Help spread some positive messages to everyone in Calderdale!

Share how you're getting active on Twitter & Instagram using #ActiveCdale! We'll be sharing all the photos & videos on there to inspire others.