COVID-19 Coronavirus guidance – updated

Latest government guidance

The UK Government now advises social distancing for everyone, and so mass gatherings of any sort should not take place.

The situation continues to evolve quickly, and you should check regularly for updated government advice, which can be found on the gov.uk website.

What action should sports grounds consider taking to plan for the future?

Monitor gov.uk for updates and ensure that your plans are in line with government advice.

When the government advises that it is safe for sporting events to resume, it is likely that cases of COVID-19 will continue to occur in the community, and sports grounds will be preparing for fixtures to recommence, so you may wish to take some time now to plan for this by taking the following actions:

  • Updating your risk assessment templates to include COVID-19 in the risk assessment for matches (including any specific risk factors around the visiting team or local area from which supporters are travelling and appropriate mitigation measures)
  • Review medical plans to ensure that they include procedures for dealing sensitively with any person in the ground who presents with symptoms of COVID-19. Some sports grounds have found it useful to produce a specific COVID-19 Standing Operational Procedure (SOP) to share with staff.
  • Produce clear guidance to be given to staff, stewards and all other personnel (e.g police, ambulance) on how to deal with potential cases of COVID-19 and issues such as the appropriateness of face masks
  • Review business continuity and contingency plans for supply chain disruption and staff/public service shortages (including medical staff, ambulance and police personnel)
  • Planning to provide additional hand washing and/or sanitising facilities for staff and the public
  • Have a communications plan for providing information to fans (e.g. don’t come to a match if you feel unwell, wash hands regularly, follow the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it campaign)
  • Before taking decisions about changes to events or your safety management operation, ensure that all the potential safety implications have been considered – this includes any plans to play matches ‘behind closed doors’ or with limited numbers of spectators.
  • Where appropriate, consult with the Certifying Authority/SAG members and other stakeholders about any proposed change to your safety management operation.
  • Ensure that, where appropriate, your plans align with those of the local authority, emergency and health services.