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 tier is Norfolk in now?
As of 4 January 2021, PM Boris Johnson announced that England would be entering another lockdown following a rise in cases over the Christmas period. This will last until at least Feburary half term, at which point it will be reviewed to determine whether stricter restrictions are required.
It is thought that once the lockdown ends, the tier system laid out by the government will resume.
The tiers are as follows:
Tier One (Medium Alert): Rule of 6 applies both indoors and outdoors. Local businesses must operate in a Covid-secure manner. Public attendance at indoor events will be limited to 1,000 and outdoor events will be limited to 4,000. Outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue. Indoor sports must operate a rule of 6 (with exemptions available.)
Tier Two (High Alert): The same rules as Tier One apply, however you should not socialise with anyone outside your support bubble in an indoor setting. If you meet in a garden or public space, you must still adhere to the rule of 6. Public attendance at indoor events will be limited to 1,000 and outdoor events to 2,000. Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, whilst indoor sports will only be permitted if possible to avoid people mixing with those outside their household or support bubble.
Tier Three (Very High Alert): This tier is for those with a very high or rapidly rising level of infection. In this tier, you must not meet socially with anyone in most outdoor spaces. Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercises are prohibited. Organised outdoor sports can continue but higher-risk contact activity should not take place. Indoor sports can not take place indoors, with some exceptions for disability sports and sport for educational purposes.
Tier Four (Stay At Home): In Tier 4, you must only leave home provided you have a 'reasonable excuse.' Reasonable excuses include work, volunteering, essential activities such as food shopping, medical reasons and for exercise and recreation. You may exercise outdoors with up to one person from another household in a public place. Gyms and leisure centres will close. For more information, click here.
Staying safe outside the home
The new guidelines state that you should minimise time spent outside your home and 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 2m distance from people outside your household.
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
You may exercise outdoors with your household, your support bubble or with one person from another household. You should not travel outside your local area to exercise, and this should be limited to once a day. You may not meet in private gardens.
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.