COVID-19 guidance

On 12 July, the Prime Minister confirmed that England will move to the final stage – Step 4 – of easing COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July.

The Prime Minister emphasised caution and personal responsibility. While most legal restrictions will be removed, people will be expected to protect themselves and others through informed choice.

Entering Step 4 means that:

  • all remaining businesses and venues are able to open;
  • there will be no social distancing in any setting, no capacity caps and no requirement for table service in hospitality venues;
  • the use of face coverings will no longer be required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings.

The Government issued events and attractions guidance on managing COVID risks in Step 4, targeted at venue operators in a range of settings including sports grounds.

Previous COVID-19 guidance

This section provides all of the previous guidance developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supplementary Guidance 02: Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds

This guidance advised management of fans under social distancing conditions.  It outlines how to calculate a socially distanced capacity and details the management responsibilities, including circulation around the ground.

Download the guidance: SG02 Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds

In addition the UK version, we have published an international edition (SG02i) which is available in English, French, German  and Spanish.

Support materials

To support the implementation of the guidance we have developed the following:

  • Videos, led by Ken Scott, which explains each of the chapters of the guidance
  • Webinars, available to watch on demand, which give an overview of the guidance along with in-depth question and answer sessions with Ken Scott
  • Case studies from Movement Strategies assessing the application of the SG02 guidance on two English Football League clubs
  • Research into spectator experiences at pilot events

Regulatory controls

We have developed a policy guidance document which outlines the regulatory controls for sports with spectators. Originally published in August 2020 this Policy Guidance – Sport with spectators COVID-19 regulatory controls (PDF) is a revised version and reflects the Government’s latest Stage 5 guidance.

Sport without spectators

We developed guidance for sports grounds in the delivery of sports without spectators:

Sport Without Spectators – football guidance 9 July 2020 (PDF)

Sport Without Spectators – sports grounds guidance 9 July 2020 (PDF)

Sport Without Spectators  – Key considerations for football grounds in Wales – 6 January 2022

UK Government guidance

Stage One: Return to training guidance

Stage Two: Return to training guidance

Stage Three: Return to domestic competition guidance

Stage Four: Return to cross border competition guidance

Stage Five: Return to competition: safe return of spectators

Working safely during coronavirus: restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Working safely during coronavirus: shops and branches