PPP Guidance on Outdoor Facilities during National Lockdown

Advice on the closure of outdoor sportsgrounds and facilities
18 January 2021.
On 4 January 2021 the government announced that England was to enter a National Lockdown in response to coronavirus pandemic.
In response to this announcement The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)
(All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2021 were amended to specify what types of
premise must close. Included in the list of locations required to close are ‘outdoor sportsgrounds and facilities, including outdoor gyms, sports courts,
swimming pools, water sports, shooting and archery venues, golf courses,
and driving ranges’
It has come to the attention of the Public Protection Partnership that across West Berkshire, Wokingham and Bracknell some skateparks, bmx pump tracks/courses, and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) have remained open. This communication is intended to advise Town and Parish Councils who manage such facilities that they are required to close. It is requested that steps are made to close the facilities or where impractical to close them, to notify residents that they are not available for use. It may be necessary to speak with your insurance provider as to any necessary steps that they wish you to take to implement this closure.
Public Playgrounds are permitted to remain open and Covid Secure guidance exists for managing playgrounds. The guidance can be found here. Please note that whilst this Covid Secure guidance is also written to cover outdoor gyms: in the current lockdown outdoor gyms are required to close.
It is recognised the important role and benefits that outdoor facilities provide our residents and if any legislative amendments or further guidance is published regarding the reopening or partial reopening of these facilities, the PPP will endeavour to update this advice to you at the earliest opportunity.
If you have any questions or require any further advice on specific outdoor facilities in your local area, please contact PPP via the email address
tsadvice@westberks.gov.uk and an Officer will be happy to assist.

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