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Following the latest Welsh Government lockdown review, we would like to remind all clubs and members of the current guidelines and restrictions around outdoor activity.

Current guidelines allow people from two different households to meet and exercise in outdoor spaces, providing they maintain the strict two-metre social distancing and stay within five miles of their home. They should also avoid physical contact and touching shared surfaces.

There were no changes made to those restrictions by the Welsh Government at the end of last week.

Outdoor sports facilities were, however, allowed to reopen in Wales as of yesterday (22 June). This includes, but is not limited to, tennis courts, cricket nets, bowling greens, athletics tracks and outdoor velodromes.

Sport that can observe all other regulations relating to social distancing, can now responsibly recommence at these venues as they reopen. Individual sports should have procedures in place to manage the safe return to activity facilitated by this change in the law.

For the next two weeks, there are to be no significant changes to social distancing and travel regulations.

If the Covid-19 infection rate in Wales continues to drop, then the requirement to "stay local" will come to an end on 6 July – this will facilitate much wider travel in Wales for any purpose, including sport and recreation.

Any further changes to these Welsh Government guidelines will be communicated promptly.

As per our recent communication to all gymnastics clubs around outdoor activity, the permissible insured activity is limited to Welsh Gymnastics and British Gymnastics endorsed programmes:

  • GymFIT
  • Jump into Gymnastics
  • Proficiency (specifically those made available during lockdown)
  • FUNdamentals
  • Activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility
  • A-Z Gymnastics (Bronze and Silver)

We hope the option of some outdoor activity will allow you to further connect with your members by coaching face-to-face, albeit on a one-to-one basis at the moment.

Whilst we encourage exercising outdoors, we must also reiterate the importance of safety for our members at all times and, therefore, any outdoor exercise MUST be done under the strict Welsh Government guidelines – and following the completion of a risk assessment.

Our priority remains the safe return to gymnastics and safeguarding protocols must always be followed.