Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and resources
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on our lives and routines, and creating unprecedented financial hardships for the clubs and groups that support us to be active.
On these pages we're providing information and resources to support people of all ages and abilities to be active at home, and to support the physical activity sector to weather the impact of the pandemic. We also have a brand new section on recovering from Coronavirus, and how physical activity can help. For more information about Coronavirus restrictions in Norfolk, check below.
Advice from the government and resources are updating rapidly, so please continue to check back for updated information.
COVID-19 - The most up to date advice
What are the current government guidelines for Norfolk?
On 22 February 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a new 'COVID Spring Response' which detailed a 'cautious' four step plan to easing lockdown restrictions and returning to a more normal way of life.
As of 12 April, the lockdown restrictions have eased slightly. You may now meet in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households outdoors (including in private gardens).
Organised adult grassroots sports will also be permitted to resume training sessions, and are exempt from the rule of 6, provided they adhere to strict rules laid out by the government.
Indoor leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools may also begin to reopen, though these should be for individual or household use, and no group classes or activities may yet resume.
If you're looking for more information on what this means for your team or club, click here for Sport England's latest Return To Play advice.
Moving onto stage two will be dependent on several factors, such as the success of the vaccine rollout, and lowered infection and mortality rates of the virus.
We will continue to update this page with information as and when it comes through. In the meantime, you can check out the full government spring response here.
Staying safe outside the home
The new guidelines state that you should practise social distancing when around other people. You should continue to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when around others and maintain a safe distance from people outside your household.
Helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic
The main priority is to keep yourself safe. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face mask where required and practise social distancing wherever you can. As well as this, make sure you keep in touch with your mental health, and ask for help if you need it. We will update this page regularly so you can see the latest government guidelines and advice as it's released.
If you're wanting to do a little bit more to help others, there are several safe ways of getting involved. You can check out local support groups near you which provide assistance to those who are less able to get out and about right now, or just check on your neighbours in a safe and considerate manner.
Have you recently developed symptoms or been diagnosed with Coronavirus?
How long should I self isolate for?
If you have recently developed symptoms or tested positive for Coronavirus in Norfolk, it's important to follow all government advice to keep yourself and others safe, and avoid the risk of a fine.
Government advice states that you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. If someone in your household has symptoms, this should be 14 days.
If you've recently been diagnosed with Coronavirus:
The main thing to remember is to stay calm, and take care of yourself the best you can. Whilst the virus affects everyone differently, we are learning more and more about it, and how best to combat the symptoms. If you're currently recovering from Coronavirus in Norfolk, we've developed a 'Four Step Recovery Plan' on our new page which shows how very gentle physical activity can actually help boost your recovery.
On this page, you'll find exercises for those who feel fatigued and unable to get out of bed, as well as some for those who feel a little more ready to move around the house. You can find it here.
COVID-19 - What actions are we taking?
In light of the recent guidelines, we have taken a series of actions to help protect our staff, reduce the risk of the virus spreading and protect those that may have been booked onto future events.
We will work to update you by listing any significant cancellations or changes on this page.
Aside from these changes, the team have adapted their usual working arrangements and are taking additional care to protect their health by following the guidance provided by the government. We urge you to do the same.
Make sure you keep up to date with the latest government guidelines. All details regarding current recommendations can be found on the GOV.UK website.
For further information about the coronavirus, including what to do if you think you have it and how to reduce your chances of getting it, visit the NHS website.