Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The covid-19 crisis is unprecedented in modern times. The most recent Government announcements have stated that people must stay at home.

As we are all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, staying as physically active as possible is now more important than ever.

Get Doncaster Moving would like to encourage and support people to find the best way for them to continue to be active for at least 30 minutes (60 minutes for children) each day at home.

The government has confirmed changes to what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity as part of the next phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sport and Exercise Outdoors new Coronavirus advice

The government has confirmed that groups of six can meet outside from Monday 1 June, provided people from different households observe social distancing by keeping two metres apart.

Done responsibly and safely, this is good news for grassroots sport and physical activity.

It enables people to get together in small groups to do things like walking and cycling, take part in fitness or conditioning sessions with friends or team mates, and allows people who need someone with them when they have a 1-2-1 session to access activity, for example someone who might need a carer.

All of this must be done safely and responsibly, and if someone is planning to exercise or take part in some activity in a small group, they should familiarise themselves with all the government guidance around social distancing and hygiene, in particular.

This is in addition to the prior loosening of restrictions that allowed many facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities to reopen, as detailed above.

For sport-specific guidance around when people might be able to return to training, they should check in with the relevant organisations and governing bodies for advice they may be providing.

For further details, please see the Doncaster Council page.

Why is it important?

We believe that keeping physically active is now more important than it ever has been. Keeping moving will reduce the risk of serious health conditions and life-limiting diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Being more active also keeps our bodies strong and flexible and can help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

Children should move more to help support healthy bone and muscle growth and help with balance and co-ordination.

For full Government guidance on what is, and is not permitted please click the below link:

As a result of these stricter measures, people will be spending the majority of their time at home, but there are still many ways to remain active. We have pulled together some tips, advice, guidance and things you can do to keep moving during this time.

Please check out the below Get Doncaster Moving social media channels for the latest #StayInWorkOut updates...

In the Covid-19 crisis, #cycling is critical for many key workers to get to work. It can help maintain #physicaldistancing and is a healthy way to travel. For #cycling tips and offers visit #Cycles4KeyWorkers www.sustrans.org.uk/keyworkers

Coronavirus - Easy Read Guides and Other Language Guides

If you are looking for easy-read guides, or guides in other languages, please visit the Doncaster Council website