CIMSPA seeks clarity on latest Government guidance on outdoor exercise

Update on Government guidance on outdoor training

The Chartered Institute for the Management for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has today been in dialogue with the Government and can clarify the guidance relating to outdoor exercise and personal training.

From what we have heard today it seems clear that gyms and leisure centres will be unable to reopen until 4th July at the earliest and we have been advised to expect more clarity in the coming days on the next two phases.

However, we can confirm that, from Wednesday 13th May, outdoor personal training will be allowed on a one-to-one basis, provided that social distancing guidelines are observed.

The use of outdoor gyms will not be permitted and use of equipment should be kept to a minimum and only used if stringent hygiene practices can be assured, meaning the thorough cleaning of all equipment before and after use.

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, said,

“The reopening of gyms and leisure centres is still some way off, but we are pleased that some outdoor personal training can resume. This will give some relief to many in our sector who have been impacted by this crisis, and will provide a valuable service to their customers. We would urge all personal trainers to ensure they adhere strictly to the government’s social distancing and hygiene guidelines, and keep the safety of themselves and their customers as their number one priority.”

CIMSPA has a range of resources for business and individuals in the sector on its Stronger Together website hub, providing advice and support during the coronavirus crisis: