In practice, this could look like going for a jog with a member of your household or walking around the park with a friend, while keeping a two metre distance apart. You are also allowed to stop and sit on a park bench.
You don’t have to wear a face covering when exercising outdoors. However, they are compulsory for all indoor venues, such as supermarkets.
Can I drive to exercise?
The short answer is yes. Although the new guidance states that exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but that you can travel to do so if necessary.
This means if you need to travel to access an open space to exercise, you can do so, within reason. However, it’s important to be aware of the lockdown restrictions in other parts of the UK. For instance, you cannot enter Wales unless you have a reasonable excuse to enter the country. During the last lockdown, people were warned against – and even fined for – travelling to well known beauty spots for exercise.
Although there is no law against doing so during this lockdown, but the guidance suggests you should not unless it is very close to your home.
How far can I go for exercise?
According to the new measures, you can drive for exercise if you really need to (as long as you are respecting the measures set out above). Similarly, you can run, walk, or cycle for any amount of distance, since the rules on exercise are now “unlimited”. There’s nothing stopping you having a game of football in the park with members of your household. You can also exercise more than once a day, provided that you don’t mix with more people than you’re allowed to.
However, this all has to be outside. Gyms and all indoor exercise venues will remain closed, as are golf courses, swimming pools and basketball courts.
Can I meet up with friends or family for exercise?
Yes, but choose your exercise buddy wisely. The new rules state that you can only meet up outdoors with one other person from another household, or your support bubble. However, it’s important to remember that these rules don’t extend to private spaces; for example, you should avoid having someone round to your garden for a work out. You have to remember to socially-distance, too. When around other people, the advise says you should stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble.
In theory, this means you could meet for a session with a personal trainer or sports coach, as long as you are adhering to social distancing rules – and travel safely to get there, avoiding public transport if you can. It also means you can go on a jog with one member of another household, as long as you make sure to socially distance from each other. Plus, there are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household – so you can work out in public with people you live with.
Team sports are a little more complicated. Any sports which aren’t able to follow social distancing measures, such as cricket, rugby and football, will not be able to go ahead. Golf, tennis and swimming are also banned under the new restrictions.
It is still recommended that those who fall into the “high risk” category – people who are over 70 or those who are immunocompromised – stay indoors as much as they can.
The same goes for those who are showing symptoms of coronavirus. So, if you’re worried – stick to home workouts. You will be surprised at what you can achieve from your sitting room!